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The Search for Heinrich Schlögel

Baille, Martha, narrated by Nicky Guadagni

  • 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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  • Martha Baillie is the author of four novels including The Incident Report (Pedlar Press, 2009), which was nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and was included in the Globe and Mail’s list of Best Books for 2009. Baille 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.

  • Published: January 2020

    ISBN: 9781773055411

    Duration: 8:14

    Originally published by: Pedlar Press


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

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

“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

“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

“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 new novel is entirely original, remembered yet created, truthful yet fictional, old, alive and visionary.” — Madeleine Thien, author of Dogs at the Perimeter