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Author Kristeva, Julia, 1941- author.

Title The enchanted clock : a novel / Julia Kristeva ; translated by Armine Kotin Mortimer
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (ix, 318 pages)
Contents I. Versailles; 1. When?; 2. "Theo." What a Story!; 3. My Name is Claude-Siméon Passemant; 4. Nivi Can See Him as If She Were There . . .; 5. Even Though Time Disappears; 6. I Dream, Therefore I Am; 7. At the Collège Mazarin, During the Regency; 8. Now; 9. Where Are You, Astro of Mine?; 10. King, God, and Complex Time; 11. Louis the Beloved; 12. The Famous Clock; 13. Among the Convulsionaries; 14. Someone Has Whispered a Sentence in My Sleep; 15. "You Are My Depth"; 16. Mama, Are You French?; II. Black Matter; 17. Inside-Outside; 18. What Is an Internal Coup d'état?; 19. I Have Again Dreamed of Your Ancestor
20. Passemant with the Cassinis; 21. Here I Am at the Place de l'étoile; 22. Happiness and Fire: With Émilie du Châtelet; 23. Do New Patients Exist?; 24. In Praise of Illusions; 25. Marianne's Silhouette; 26. The Dream of the Primordial Universe; III. Rebirth; 27. Death Is Not News; 28. Overdose; 29. Once Again I Have Broken with the Human Race; 30. A Ray of Icy Light; 31. Revolutions Start Like This; 32. Hyperconnectivity; 33. Common Intensities, Strange Intimacies; 34. Scenes from Life at Court; 35. Theo Has Just Landed; 36. Variations on Suicide; IV. The Theft of the Clock; 37. 9999 Has Been Stolen; 38. Beauty Spots; 39. Superluminal Speed
40. Inestimable Trophy; 41. Signed, Passemant; 42. The King Is Naked; or, The Beginning of an End; 43. What If He's the One!; 44. Aubane Would Have Preferred to Evaporate; 45. Jealousy? What Jealousy?; 46. Conspiracy for a Cause; 47. Together Again: The King and His Clockmaker; 48. Beehive; 49. Where Were You?; 50. What the Press Wasn't Saying; 51. Paradise Is at the Lux; 52. Silence and Poem; 53. Rose Laurels
Summary In the Palace of Versailles there is a fabulous golden clock, made for Louis XV by the king's engineer, Claude-Siméon Passemant. The astronomical clock shows the phases of the moon and the movements of the planets, and it will tell time--hours, minutes, seconds, and even sixtieths of seconds--until the year 9999. Passemant's clock brings the nature of time into sharp focus in Julia Kristeva's intricate, poetic novel The Enchanted Clock. Nivi Delisle, a psychoanalyst and magazine editor, nearly drowns while swimming off the Île de Ré; the astrophysicist Theo Passemant fishes her out of the water. They become lovers. While Theo wonders if he is descended from the clockmaker Passemant, Nivi's son Stan, who suffers from occasional comas, develops a passion for the remarkable clock at Versailles. Soon Nivi is fixated on its maker. But then the clock is stolen, and when a young writer for Nivi's magazine mysteriously dies, the clock is found near his body. The Enchanted Clock combines past and present, jumping back and forth between points of view and across eras from eighteenth-century Versailles to the present day. Its stylistically inventive narrative voices bring both immediacy and depth to our understanding of consciousness. Nivi's life resembles her creator's in many respects, coloring Kristeva's customary erudition with autobiographical poignancy. Part detective mystery, part historical fiction, The Enchanted Clock is a philosophically and linguistically multifaceted novel, full of poetic ruminations on memory, love, and the transcendence of linear time. It is one of the most illuminating works of one of France's great writers and thinkers
Notes First published in French as L'horloge enchantée
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Subject Passemant, Claude Siméon, 1702-1769 -- Fiction
Passemant, Claude Siméon, 1702-1769
Astronomical clocks -- France -- Fiction
Time -- Fiction
FICTION -- Psychological.
FICTION -- General.
Astronomical clocks.
Genre/Form Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Form Electronic book
Author Mortimer, Armine Kotin, 1943- translator.
ISBN 9780231542739
Other Titles Horloge enchantée. English