- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Pedlar Press; First Canadian edition edition (Sept. 15 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897141637
- ISBN-13: 978-1897141632
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Search for Heinrich Schlögel Paperback – Sep 15 2014
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Praise for The Incident Report
"A beautiful derangement. Martha Bailie's novel references everything from Satie's Variations to the Brothers Grimm. Along the way, it offers readers the utter virtues of getting completely lost."
"Baillie is a subtle portraitist and creates an engaging heroine with rich psychological nuance."
"Baillie's unsettling dreamscape ... seems to speak to a host of unsaid violations ... But all is not darkness. *The Incident Report* is also very funny."
Praise for The Search for Heinrich Schlögel
"Martha Baillie has written a timeless masterpiece. Every page is full of haunting wonderment. Truly, I know of no novel quite like it--it's a blessing. The Search for Heinrich Schlögel has dreamlike locutions, it tells the most unusual tale, and it brings the margins of the world to us with photographic immediacy. I was completely transported." --Howard Norman, author of Next Life Might Be Kinder
Baillie delivers a work of magical realism that captures the experience of postcolonial guilt ... and gives voice to a silenced past. --Starred and boxed Publishers Weekly
The Search for Heinrich Schlögel is utterly distinctive, a fictional biography that drifts so imperceptibly into dream that it's impossible to tell where the reality of it ends and the fantasy begins. There's something of Nabokov here, and also something of Rip Van Winkle. Baillie has written an ode to those things that resist time, like a photograph, and those things that relinquish themselves to it, like a painting, resulting in a novel that is itself a little bit of both. --Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination
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. If it reminds me of anything, it is the fabulous, shape-shifting novels of the Icelandic writer Sjón. --Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement and Accusation
How is it possible to find a person who doesn't know he's missing? How can we be entangled in the world, in history, and live a moral life? Heinrich Schlögel doesn't give up his secrets easily, but as time collapses and opens, an extraordinary person, and an astonishing reading experience, come into existence. Martha Baillie's new novel is entirely original, remembered yet created, truthful yet fictional, old, alive and visionary. --Madeleine Thien, author of Dogs at the Perimeter
At the heart of Martha Baillie's fragmentary, highly original new novel is an inexplicable event. In 1980, at age 20, Heinrich Schlögel escapes his West German birthplace to hike Baffin Island's interior. The trip lasts two weeks, but when he returns the year is 2010 and he has not aged a day. His biography, the one we read, comes to us via an amateur archivist (also German, transplanted in Toronto) who has compiled "the Schlögel archive": letters, photographs, books read, and other bits of ephemera related to the young man. How much of the story is the archivist's invention? The use of an unreliable narrator has a point here: Baillie is turning the tables on the European, who has taken the place usually held by the "native" as specimen of study. The result is a philosophic, absorbing read on photography, the North, colonialism, ethnography, and the nature of time. - Jade Colbert, The Globe & Mail
About the Author
Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report (Pedlar Press, 2009), was nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and was included in the Globe and Mail's list of Best Books for 2009. She has crossed the Arctic Circle on foot, hiking in Auyuittuq on Baffin Island, spent time in Pangnirtung and kayaked in East Greenland. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Koffler Gallery and Brick magazine. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian journals. Martha Baillie lives in Toronto.
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My book copy from the library curiously came with a "fantasy" sticker affixed to the spine. To my mind it was less fantasy than an exploration of what can happen to the mind when an individual begins a journey of solitude.
"The river raced and frothed, down through the settlement and into the sea. The bungalows sat, as if by accident, along the broad, unpaved roads. ... Pale dust from the road had settled on the snowmobiles that waited for winter, in the grass between the houses. It was a place of accidents. The same dust coated the crushed pop cans, plastic bags, torn clothes, battered strollers, discarded toys, scraps of metal and old carpet lying in ditches, under back stairs, in babbling brooks of clear glacial water. Footpaths led out onto the land."