The Manual of Darkness

The Manual of Darkness

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The world's best magician is going blind, but is there a story in his past that can save him? Victor Losa has spent his life studying magic. His mentor, Mario Galvan, taught him not only the practical aspects of the art, but also its history and the lives of famous Victorian magicians such as Hoffman, Maskelyne, and Cooke, and the most enigmatic historical figure of all, Peter Grouse, a pickpocket who decided to challenge the best magicians of the day. But suddenly things change for Victor Losa, just as he is proclaimed the world's best magician. A light appears in his eye, but this is no magic trick - he is diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition of the optical nerve. In short, he is rapidly going blind. As he loses his sight, Victor finds that there are new ways to conjure the world through stories of the past, present and future. And finally he learns the secret behind his mentor's teachings.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0753828162
  • 9780753828168

Review quote

Rooted in extensive research in the history of magic and sleight of hand, the story that evolves is one of loneliness and discovery. * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH * The Spanish author's decision to essentially split the book into two parts... is a neat sleight of hand that gives a book an unexpected impetus. * THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST *show more

About Enrique de Heriz

Enrique de Heriz was born in Barcelona in 1964. He has worked as an editor and translator including translations to Spanish of writers such as Annie Proulx, Nadine Gordimer, Stephen King, Peter Carey, and John Fowles. Travelling, music and the lives of magicians in the Victorian era are his main interests.show more

Review Text

The Spanish author's decision to essentially split the book into two parts... is a neat sleight of hand that gives a book an unexpected impetus. THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST 20120715show more

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54 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 19% (10)
4 43% (23)
3 30% (16)
2 6% (3)
1 4% (2)
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