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“Here is a magical novel . . . often funny, always surprising, and ultimately profound and very, very moving. . . . [Paul Quarrington] is a sorcerer, and his novel is spellbinding.”—Tim O’Brien
The Spirit Cabinet
By Paul Quarrington
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978-0-8021-3807-1 • $14.00 • Paperback • May 2001
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Full of high-energy, ironic humor and uncommon warmth, Paul Quarrington’s international bestseller is the tale of an unforgettable search for wonder in modern times. The Spirit Cabinet, set against the backdrop of the carnival world of Las Vegas magicians, follows superstars Jurgen and Rudolfo as they navigate the hilarious and painful conflicts that arise when one quits cheap illusion to pursue real magic.Swiss animal trainer Rudolfo has survived a bizarre childhood, complete with a transvestite mother, a fourth-rate artists’ salon­cum­opium den in his living room, and a surrogate family of captive bears. Jurgen escaped a low brow youth in Germany by moving to the city and talentlessly hawking his repertoire of parlor tricks, like the brutal Cingalese Eye Lift. Once they join forces, Jurgen and Rudolfo descend upon Las Vegas with a glittering and totally fake magic extravaganza. The show, Rudolfo’s brainchild, earns them vast wealth and a cultish following, as well as a place in the Las Vegas community of elite and eccentric performers.

But despite his enormous material success, Jurgen is unsatisfied. At great expense he buys Harry Houdini’s collection of ancient magicians’ books and paraphernalia, including the famous Davenport Spirit Cabinet. Jurgen, who usually shows interest only in soccer scores, hopes that in the collection he might find the key to the magical world he and Rudolfo have been imitating all these years. Soon he has changed beyond all recognition, and Rudolfo is heartbroken that Jurgen, his one great love, seems to be slipping out of his life—indeed out of the human realm.

Sharing the endearing strangeness and insight of Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love and the novels of John Irving, The Spirit Cabinet is a comic story of love, chaos, and spiritual renewal. “This is not a book about magicians and their pursuit of magic,” writes The National Post (Canada). “It is a book about human beings, and their pursuit of faith.”

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