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Spirit Wrestler

(1980)
A novel by

 
 
In the black hours of a wintry night Inuit hunters fight their way through a storm to the camp of the administrator of Baffin Island. Their dog sled carries a dying man who clearly terrifies them. Revived by the officer, the man, Shoona, lives long enough to tell his story.

An unwanted orphan in his youth, Shoona is taught to be a 'spirit wrestler,' a shaman capable of influencing the demons and spirits that control human destiny. Revered at first for his magic, Shoona becomes a feared outcast when his enemies are overtaken by uncanny and fatal events. Then, out of pride, he steals the sacred amulets of the powerful sea goddess Sedna, and is confronted by a mysterious white man who is obsessed with Inuit lore, and who soon attracts Shoona's wife.

Compelling in narrative, rich in character and authentic background, Spirit Wrestler is a saga of the 1950s that illuminates the striking interplay of legend and reality. Long after its startling conclusion, this tale will live on hauntingly in the memory of readers.



Used availability for James Houston's Spirit Wrestler

Hardback Editions

March 1997 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-7710-4206-X / 978-0-7710-4206-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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March 1982 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler (Ulverscroft large print series)
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-7089-0768-7 / 978-0-7089-0768-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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July 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-00-222408-9 / 978-0-00-222408-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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February 1980 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-7710-4250-7 / 978-0-7710-4250-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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January 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James A Houston
ISBN: 0-15-184755-X / 978-0-15-184755-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

September 1988 : Canada Mass Market Paperback

Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-7710-9324-1 / 978-0-7710-9324-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: New Canadian Library
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October 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-00-616628-8 / 978-0-00-616628-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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December 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James A Houston
ISBN: 0-380-56911-6 / 978-0-380-56911-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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1981 : Canada Mass Market Paperback

Title: Spirit Wrestler
Author(s): James Houston
ISBN: 0-7704-1648-9 / 978-0-7704-1648-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart Ltd
Availability: Amazon