The ConfabulistBook - 2014
The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini, with the story of the man who killed him (twice): Martin Strauss, an everyday man whose fate was tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways. A cast of memorable characters spins around Houdini's celebrity-driven life, as they did in his time: from the Romanov family soon to be assassinated, to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard, and the Spiritualists who would use whoever they could to establish their religion. A brilliant novel about fame and ambition, reality and illusion, and the ways that love, grief and imagination can alter what we perceive and believe.
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Martin Strauss has a condition that not only leaves gaps in his memory, but fills those gaps with false memories. This allows Galloway to play with facts about historical figures Harry Houdini, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Romanov family. Like a magic trick, you are never really sure whether the described events are reality or illusion and so the reader is drawn in to the story of how Martin Strauss killed Harry Houdini twice...or did he?
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