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An English Watchmaker in 18th Century China : Christoph Ransmayr’s Novel “Cox oder Der Lauf der Zeit” (Cox, or the Passage of Time) Kosenina, Alexander


The Austrian author Christoph Ransmayr, best known for his Ovid-pastiche "The Last World" (1988), depicts 18th Century China in his latest novel Cox, or the Passage of Time (2016). While the famous English watchmaker James Cox (1723-1800) is in its centre, the book is not a historical novel, rather it is a piece of fanciful fiction, based on facts, about the strategic, political and philosophical significance of time itself.

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