The Spirit Cabinet

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Grove Press, 2001 - Fiction - 341 pages
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After a long, slow climb out of the strip dubs of Europe, Jurgen and Rudolfo have hit the big time in Las Vegas, headlining a magic act as slick as their own buffed and usually half-naked bodies. Rudolfo is content orchestrating the spectacle and attempting to twin his soul with Jurgens. But Jurgen hungers for more -- and finds it in a mysterious collection of magician's paraphernalia that once belonged to Harry Houdini. With the knowledge he finds there, and his own faith in the unknown, Jurgen becomes the miracle worker of the Las Vegas strip. "Darkly comic, deeply sad, and always ironic" (Library Journal), The Spirit Cabinet. takes dead aim at the place within us that yearns for miracles. "It is not a book about magicians and their pursuit of magic", wrote Alan Beaton in The National Post; "it is a book about human beings, and their pursuit of faith".

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The eighth novel by Canadian Quarrington (who received good reviews here for Whale Music and Hockey Is a Lot Like Life) recounts the Las Vegas success of gay German magicians Jurgen and Rodolfo, whose ... Read full review

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Paul Quarrington was born July 22, 1953, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Toronto, from 1970 to 1972 and graduated from the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. Besides writing novels, he also wrote for television, film and the stage. Quarrington has won numerous awards for his work including the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, most promising new writer in 1986; the Periodical Distributors of Canada Authors Award; the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in 1987 for King Leary; the Governor General's Literary Award for English Language Fiction in Canada in 1989 for Whale Music; and the Matt Cohen Prize for a distinguished lifetime contribution to Canadian literature in 2009. He died of lung cancer on January 21, 2010 at the age of 56.

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