The Wolsenburg Clock

Author: Jay Ruzesky
Editor: Seán Virgo
ISBN: 9781897235621 Category: Fiction
Publication Date: 27 August, 2009
Dimensions: 5.55 x 8.51"

As Second World War bombs terrorize a small Austrian city near the Italian border, a man wants desperately to save a 600?year?old astronomical clock found there. The clock has been constructed and refurbished by a series of gifted individuals dedicated to producing the finest timepiece of their age. The man learns of the remarkable engineers who furtively added details that reflected their own private stories.

At the cusp of the fourteenth century, Wildrik Kiening was inspired to build the sophisticated clock for the newly consecrated cathedral in Wolsenburg. This magical device that keeps time, charts celestial motion, and even entertains parishioners with a show of automated figures is, however, not built without personal costs.

When a fire guts the cathedral and the clock is ruined, a child?alchemist named Geli Theurl, haunted by a bizarre aging condition, plots to build a second version with the help of her father and grandmother, just as time itself becomes understood in new ways. The second clock ages well, but its gears ultimately seize during the Enlightenment and it takes a final clockmaker ? an industrial mastermind and bastard son of a rich count ? to create the most impressive clock ever built.

The Wolsenburg Clock chronicles the development of a complex machine, and the risks, devotion, and love that went into its construction throughout the Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modern periods of history. Not only has Jay Ruzesky created an engaging fiction about a practical contraption and its engineers, he also alludes to the tensions between the Church and technologists in Western Europe as they battled to be at the forefront of social conscience.

About the Author

Jay Ruzesky was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1965 and he was raised in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Calgary, and Kelowna. He studied at Okanagan College with John Lent; the University of Victoria with the late, Constance Rooke; the University of Windsor with Alistair MacLeod ; and at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Don Coles and Don McKay. His poems and stories have appeared in Canadian and American journals such as Caliban, Prism international, Canadian Literature, Event, Saturday Night, Descant, Border Crossings, and Poetry Northwest. His books include Blue Himalayan Poppies (Nightwood, 2001), Writing on the Wall (Outlaw Editions, 1996), Painting The Yellow House Blue (House of Anansi, 1994), and Am I Glad To See You (Thistledown, 1992). He has been on the editorial board of The Malahat Review for 20 years, and he teaches English, Creative Writing and Film Studies at Vancouver Island University. Essays, interviews and art criticism have appeared in Brick, Poetry Canada Review, and selected gallery publications. He lives on Vancouver Island.

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