Christoph Ransmayr


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ISBN: 978-3-10-082951-1


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The famous English clockmaker Alister Cox is invited by the Emperor of China Qiánlóng to his court to build a series of clocks that can measure the passing of time in happiness, grief and on the brink of death. In the Forbidden City, surrounded by luxury and ceremonial magnificence, Cox and his three companions create the most incredible automata from iron, mercury and sand, beset with jewels. Grieving for his own daughter, Cox dedicates his creations to her, seeking solace in their beauty.
But the court is also dominated by fear of violating one of its many rules under pain of death. When Qiánlóng, also known as “Lord of Time”, asks Cox to invent a clock that will represent eternity itself, Cox knows it’s an impossible task: he can neither put himself above the Emperor by finishing his creation nor fail in his attempt to fulfil his master’s wishes. Determined to find a way out, he sets to work on his final masterpiece.

In his characteristic beautiful writing, Christoph Ransmayr describes life in the shadow of one of the most powerful men in history, conjuring up stunning images and details of times and places long lost.

About Christoph Ransmayr

Christoph Ransmayr, born in Austria in 1954, studied philosophy and ethnology in Vienna. Alongside popular and internationally acclaimed novels such as Die letzte Welt, Cox oder Der Lauf der Zeit and Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes (Atlas of an Anxious Man) he has published ten works of prose in which he experiments with narrative form, including Damen und Herren unter Wasser, Geständnisse eines Touristen and Der Wolfsjäger. The edited volume Bericht am Feuer is dedicated to his work.

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Foto: Magdalena Weyrer

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Norway, Pelikanen
Slovenia, Cankarjeva Zalozba Zaloznistvo
China, Phoenix-Power (Simplified Chinese (world without Taiwan)
Hungary, Pesti Kalligram
Poland, Jagiellonski
Romania, Humanitas
Serbia, Geopoetika
Bulgaria, Atlantis KL
Spain, Editorial Anagrama (Spanish World)
Croatia, Leykam
Egypt, Al Kotob
France, Albin Michel
Turkey, Yapi Kredi
United Kingdom, Seagull (English world rights)
The Netherlands, Prometheus
Italy, Feltrinelli

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