A Case of Curiosities

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Ballantine Books, 1993 - Fiction - 358 pages
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A young inventor in preindustrial Europe constructs his greatest device, a masterpiece that proves to be his downfall, leading to an execution as tragic as that of Marie Antoinette and one that is much more bizarre. Filled with erotic watches, stuffed birds, imaginary beasts and real decapitations, this story of a remarkable invention ultimately yields the invention of a remarkable story.

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The narrator buys a box of randomly assembled objects at a Paris auction. It is a life box, the memento hominem of Claude Page, an extraordinarily gifted 18th-century French clockmaker with a passion ... Read full review


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Allen Kurzweil is the prize-winning author of two novels for adults—A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication—and two works of fiction for children—Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations and the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, Kurzweil is currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

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