Friday, June 3, 2016

Major new Houdini biography released in Spanish and Portuguese

Houdini by Eduardo Caamaño is a new 560-page Houdini biography published in Spanish and Portuguese by Almuzara. This is the first major Houdini to be originally published in either language, and the first new full Houdini biography in 10 years!


We first got word of this back in 2014 when the author shared a fun photo from La Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin in France. Now Eduardo tells me:

"The book itself is a current Houdini biography, BUT I tried to write a really true and accurate story and right some wrong of earlier biographies. To achieve this goal I tried to gather information from trustful sources, like your blog for example. I also used as a source some excellent books like Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman, HOUDINI by Milbourne Christopher and Houdini The Man Who Walked Through Walls; all the Walter Gibson’s classics and some specifics ones like The British Tours by Derek Tait. I also bought directly from Patrick Culliton Houdini The Key, which by the way really amazed me.

The main goal was try to offer a full, complete and, most important, accurate Houdini biography to the all those Spanish and Portuguese native speakers who never had the chance to read a full book about his life and career. And they are a lot of people!!!"

At the moment, Eduardo Caamaño's Houdini is available in a printed edition from Amazon.es and other Spanish and South American sources. However, a Kindle eBook (pictured right) is available at both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

There are no immediate plans to translate the book into English, but I certainly hope that happens some day because I would love to read this. Maybe one of our readers who understands Spanish or Portuguese can give us a review?

Thanks and congrats to Eduardo Caamaño.

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12 comments:

  1. John, I speak both and would love to give a review. Is Caamano Brazilian? So the original is in Portuguese?

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  2. Amazing post John, thank you very much. I do really appreciate it! Hello David !! Yes I am Brazilian, but my parents are Spanish and I live in Spain nowadays. It will be a honor to have the book reviewed by you! The Portuguese version, as John said, are available in ebook at Amazon.com

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  3. Hi Eduardo, thanks for responding! Did you write the book in Portuguese, or Spanish? Or both at once? I'd rather read the original than a translation.

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  4. Hi David, I wrote both at once. First in spanish then I translated into english, but the text is exactly the same.

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  5. If this bio isn't translated and printed into English, a huge slice of the market will be left out.

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    1. I guess it would be up to a U.S., UK or Canadian publisher to realize that and pick this up. Hope that happens!

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  6. Cool! Looking forward to reading your book, Eduardo.

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  7. I'm snagging a copy this Friday. Spanish is chore for me to read but I need the practice and the subject matter couldn't be better.

    I wonder if it will contain any unpublished photos.

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    1. I was able to land a copy on the UK Amazon. I'm also looking forward to seeing what photos it might include.

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  8. Well, I ordered my copy from Amazon.es. My Spanish reading is rusty but should come along in due time.

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  9. My copy arrived yesterday and I have already rolled up my sleeves and dug into this. I was afraid the Spanish would be flowery, ornate Castilian but thankfully it's not. The HH posters reproduced in the center of the text are printed on nice paper and look amazingly colorful. I am reminded of the color plates in Christopher's Pictorial Life.

    Speaking of Christopher, in the forward Eduardo pays homage to Gibson, Christopher, and Silverman for their published works on HH. He also thanks John Cox for his "inexhaustible" and "reliable" work on WAH that made his book possible. Culliton also receives a nod for his assistance in sharing little known information on HH with him.

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