Ravickian Time

When the narrator tells us that in Ravicka “one’s date of birth was celebrated irregularly – three or five times over one’s life, usually concurrent to some other momentous occasion,” (98) it made me think a little more about how time is being kept in the novel and in Ravicka. Like birthdays, it seems that time is defined by events, and there are several instances of this. At the opera, the narrator describes the length of time in which the chaotic actions (98) last as “the timing in keeping with social function.” (99) After “momentum for the revolution [is] lost,” (94) the narrator describes her following time at the hotel as a “while” (95) and has to count “back from the point of [her] stink” (81) to remember the last time she saw Dar. And while “days” and “weeks” are referenced (83, 95), there is never anything that says how long these days and weeks are. How do we know if Ravickian days are 24 hours or if they are the equivalent of what we know as 4 days? I’m wondering if Gladman is taking the route that Susan Steinberg took in Spectacle in regards to naming her characters. Perhaps in making time explicit, we start thinking about events in relation to others, and not about what the events themselves mean. For this idea, I am kind of drawing on the conversation we had in class about page 82 about linearity and where the narrator would be if the events were presented differently. If time was made clear, we could see cause and effect of the events that the narrator tells us about, but without this clarity of time, we are forced to see the events as they are and not in relation to past or future happenings. 

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