The Enchanted Clock


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Columbia University Press
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5.1 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Julia Kristeva is professor emerita of linguistics at the Université de Paris VII and author of many acclaimed works and novels. Her Columbia University Press books include Murder in Byzantium: A Novel (2005); Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila (2014); and, with Philippe Sollers, Marriage as a Fine Art (2016).

Armine Kotin Mortimer is professor emerita of French literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her contributions to French culture were recognized with the Palmes académiques distinction in 2009. She is the translator of two books by Philippe Sollers.


Julia Kristeva's L'horloge enchantée is a veritable tour de force, a brilliant piece of writing that infuses the novelistic genre with theatrical and essayistic undertones. Kristeva deftly weaves together multiple strands of a narrative that links a presently degraded state of France, Europe, and the world, in the grip of violence, fanaticism, rigid identity politics, anti-intellectualism, a general loss of quality of life, to the eve of revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.--Verena Conley, Harvard University
An original, creative narrative on the topic of time, cognizant of a complex intellectual world while also telling a beautiful and compelling story.--Carol Bové, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Pittsburgh and Professor Emerita of French, Westminster College
This translation of Julia Kristeva's The Enchanted Clock is expertly done. It is an easy and pleasant read that captures the content, tone, and rhythm of the original. A fascinating novel by one of France's most important intellectuals rendered into English by one of our best translators.--Brian Reilly, Fordham University
Kristeva's marvelously strange novel about a woman captivated by an eighteenth-century artifact reads like a philosophical treatise wrapped in a love story with a little mystery mixed in.--Publishers Weekly
The Enchanted Clock is an elaborate . . . meditation on time.--Times Literary Supplement