The Fermata

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The Fermata
The Fermata cover.jpg
The Fermata book cover. (Vintage UK)
AuthorNicholson Baker
CountryUnited States
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
March 1994
Media typePrint (hardback, paperback)
LC Class93026492

The Fermata (ISBN 9780679415862) is a 1994 novel by Nicholson Baker. It is about a man named Arno Strine who can stop time, and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual adventures.


Arno Strine discovers he can stop time when he is a young man. He works on this power, and learns how to trigger and control these time stoppages. However, instead of becoming rich or a diabolic criminal, Strine becomes an elaborate voyeur. He stops time so that he can see women naked, and eventually creates scenarios that he can watch after he allows time to start again. But despite his enjoyment of this power, Arno wants a real relationship, and he overcomes his shyness to begin a relationship. When he finally consummates this relationship, his power to stop time passes to his girlfriend, whose own time adventures begin. Arno works on the story of this time power, under the title "The Fermata."

Screen adaptations[edit]

In 2002, Neil Gaiman wrote some drafts of a screenplay based on The Fermata, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.[1] Gaiman's screenplay would have de-emphasized all the masturbation in the plot; instead he described his approach to the material as "Annie Hall with time-stopping."[2][3] In 2013, the project was described as "dormant".[4] In 2014 it was reported that Paramount Television would collaborate with Zemeckis on a television drama series based on The Fermata, to be written by David Hollander.[5][6]


  1. ^ Neil Gaiman (2003-01-01). "Journal". Archived from the original on 2003-01-18.
  2. ^ Tom Burns. "Neil Gaiman Takes Hollywood". UGO. Archived from the original on 2011-05-13.
  3. ^ Robert Wiersema (2002-07-20). "Coraline cool". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  4. ^ Nick Nadel (2013-06-18). "The Neil Gaiman Movies That Never Happened (But Almost Did)". Archived from the original on 2013-06-26.
  5. ^ Alex Stedman (2014-07-14). "Robert Zemeckis Inks Two-Year Deal With Paramount Television". Variety.
  6. ^ Philiana Ng (2014-07-14). "Robert Zemeckis Inks Overall Deal at Paramount TV". The Hollywood Reporter.


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