Zip, The Time traveller in:
Picasso Agatha and Chaplin
How art, literature, science, travelling in time and
mystery are interwined
ceaseless wind repeatedly hurled the sign against the post, its mournful
howling raced through the empty, dark streets, not knowing it was being
followed by the steps of a young man. Alone in this strange and gloomy
place, the only thing for the time traveller to do was pull his cap down
over his frozen ears and shove his hands in the pockets of his huge
bermuda shorts. Bewildered, Caius Zip wandered along the railways tracks
until he eventually reached the next station. He had not walked long but
the freezing night and a knawing hunger were discouraging him, making
the walk seem endless.
the time he arrived at the dimly lit station, the emptiness around him
was overwhelming. The station was drowned in an anguishing stillness
that left him motionless but, suddenly, the moment was broken by the
passing of a carriage pulled by two agitated horses trotting on the
broken cobblestone paving. Caius sighed with relief and even thought of
whistling to attract the coachman’s attention but his wavering
disposition made him lose his chance. Annoyed, he continued to wander in
the huge station. He noticed something near two iron benches and lunged
towards them to find a lit lamp that had probably been left there by
someone. He picked up his precious finding and set off for clues as to
where he was.
A few steps ahead, under a huge carved wood clock, was a blackboard
showing some routes to French cities. There was also the name Gare Du
Nord together with the next departures and arrivals. What really
caught his attention, however, was the year; it was 1905. He was totally
caught up in all the new information when a noise distracted his
Caius followed the strange sound that led him to the other side of the
track. There was a freight train; still, waiting. He realized that the
muffled noise was coming from one of the empty wagons. Impelled by his
curiosity, he slowly crept up to the wagon and poked his head inside,
holding the lantern over his head. At that moment, time seemed to
freeze. His startled eyes glared at the twisted, deadly pale face of a
man; his tongue was hanging out of his open mouth in a terrifying way.
Slowly, the old and shabby beret of that almost lifeless figure
slipped off his head, revealing short grey hair. The eyes, set deeply
inside the sockets and surrounded by morbid black shadows, turned to
seemed to be begging for salvation but the brightness of despair
slowly died away and was replaced by a deep emptiness. The limp body
of the man was still erect but his hands, that had been grabbing his
neck, slowly slipped down over his torn overcoat exposing the wire
that had strangled him. An intense feeling of nausea almost knocked
Caius back. The lantern swung violently, shedding its light on yet
another figure behind the body, holding the wire that held up the
corpse. The figure was tall with brown hair, wearing a black suit. The
moment he faced the young intruder, his killer hands released the
victim and turned into deadly claws, ready to pounce on the new prey.
His upper lip curled into a cruel grin, exposing canine teeth that
sent a violent shudder of fear though Caius’s body. Caius took a
deep breath but the air clogged in his dry throat. He could not unglue
his panic-stricken eyes from the predator and his trembling legs would
not fully respond to his survival instinct. Those wretched seconds
seemed endless to him as he tried aimlessly to think of an escape
route. The man with the wild eyes took one step in his direction. At
that very moment...
To Be Continued
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dialogue about the
theory of relativity ,
Caius, Einstein, Picasso, Agatha, André Salmon, the poet, and Gertrude
Stein, the sponsor of the novice Picasso, at the Spanish painter’s
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Zip, the Time Traveller, in:
Zip, the young time traveller, arrives at Paris in 1905. The turn of
the 20th century is a period that sizzles with ideas and realizations and
the Universe is about to be contemplated as it never was before.
night that Einstein launched the famous E=mc2 formula on paper, he
disappeared for a few days. Where was he?
work of fiction, Einstein was resting in Paris before his innovating
Theory of Relativity enlightened him. At that same time, Picasso was just
starting on his idea of breaking with conventional perspective.
characters seek the same concept: space-time relation. The encounter
between art and science is finally possible by means of a limitless
penetrates the birth of the theory of relativity and cubism and also
manages to solve a murder mystery with the help of his two teenage
friends, Agatha Cristie, with her investigative mind and Charlie Chaplin,
who provides a touch of magic to this surprising work of fiction.
all and as Einstein once said:
“The most beautiful thing we
can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and
science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to
wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed”.
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