A Case of Curiosities
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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