The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 10, No. 1

Eisenheim the Illusionist

by Steven Millhauser

In late-nineteenth century Vienna, an illusionist named Eisenheim confounds with his tricks the distinctions between art and life, illusion and reality, and thus draws the ire of the Hapsburg Empire. For what is an empire without boundaries?
     This story by Pulitzer Prize–winner Steven Millhauser is basis for Neil Burger's 2006 film The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti.

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