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Fiction Magical Realism

The Search for Heinrich Schlögel

by (author) Martha Baille

narrator Nicky Guadagni

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Magical Realism, Time Travel, Literary
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An Oprah Editor’s Pick, named as one of Globe & Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2014, and one of Quill & Quire’s Best Books of 2014

“Bewitching riddle of a novel.” — O, the Oprah Magazine

“Baillie reminds us of the power of novels to renew the world.” — Booklist

From the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated novel The Incident Report comes a hypnotic novel following Heinrich Schlögel from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a solo hike into the interior of Baffin Island. His journey quickly becomes surreal, full of strange encounters, inexplicable visions, and the shifting of time. After returning back to civilization, Heinrich discovers inexplicably that many years have passed. Narrated by an unnamed archivist who is attempting to piece together the truth of Heinrich’s life, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel dances between reality and fantasy. Set in today’s disappearing North and brimming with imagination and creativity, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel is a sophisticated story with magical underpinnings.

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About the authors

Martha Baille's profile page

Nicky Guadagni’s sensitive and almost breath-taking reading of The Stone Carvers brings the novel and its characters to life in all their complexity. A stage, radio, television and film actor for 25 years, Nicky Guadagni has performed on stage in Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Mother Courage and Pygmalion, and in films such as Crash, House, and Cube. She has been nominated for several Gemini Awards and, in 1998, won the Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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Editorial Reviews


“A philosophic, absorbing read on photography, the North, colonialism, ethnography, and the nature of time.” — Jade Colbert, The Globe & Mail

“Baillie delivers a work of magical realism that captures the experience of postcolonial guilt...and gives voice to a silenced past.” — Starred and boxed review, Publishers Weekly

“Baillie reminds us of the power of novels to renew the world.” — Booklist

“Martha Baillie has written a timeless masterpiece. Every page is full of haunting wonderment. Truly, I know of no novel quite like it . . . I was completely transported.” —Howard Norman, author of Next Life Might Be Kinder

“Martha Baillie’s extraordinary The Search for Heinrich Schlögel is not quite like any other book I’ve read. It invites us on a hallucinatory journey to the Arctic and through time. It asks us to live with mystery and wonder, which is what a work of art does.” — Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement and Accusation