The Fermata

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For the musical notation, see fermata.
The Fermata
The Fermata cover.jpg
The Fermata book cover.
Author Nicholson Baker
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
ISBN 9780679415862

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."

Movie adaptation[edit]

Neil Gaiman and Robert Zemeckis are drafting a screenplay.[1]

The movie Cashback (2006) contains many of the same elements as the Fermata story and may be an adaptation.[2]


  1. ^ "Neil Gaiman - Cool Stuff - Essays - Essays About Neil - Neil Gaiman's Film Work". Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ larry-411 (9 May 2008). "Cashback (2006)". IMDb. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 


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