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Titre : THE PRESTIGE
Éditeur : Touchstone [Simon & Schuster Ltd] ., London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto
Date d'édition : 1995
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1996 World Fantasy Award for best novel. Filmed in 2006 by Christopher Nolan with Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-882. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Scarce. (#127071). N° de réf. du libraire 127071
In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.
Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians' craft can command--the highest misdirection and the darkest science.
Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations...to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.
Critique: The Washington Post called this "a dizzying magic show of a novel, chock-a-block with all the props of Victorian sensation fiction: seances, multiple narrators, a family curse, doubles, a lost notebook, wraiths, and disembodied spirits; a haunted house, awesome mad-doctor machinery, a mausoleum, and ghoulish horrors; a misunderstood scientist, impossible disappearances; the sins of the fathers visited upon their descendants." Winner of the 1996 World Fantasy Award, The Prestige is even better than that, because unlike many Victorians, Priest writes crisp, unencumbered prose. And anyone who's ever thrilled to the arcing electricity in the "It's alive!" scene in Frankenstein will relish the "special effects" by none other than Nikola Tesla.
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