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Michel Jouvet

The Castle of Dreams

Interweaving fiction and science, meditation and erudition, in the manner of eighteenth-century novelists, Michel Jouvet, an internationally-renowned specialist in the neurobiology of dreams and sleep, follows the humorous and erotic adventures of Hughes la Scève, a brilliant wit, libertine and “forgotten precursor” of the modern science of dreams.
Michel Jouvet discovered and described a phenomenon he called “paradoxical sleep”, an intermediary state of the brain between waking and deep sleep. A member of the French Academy of Sciences and the winner of a gold medal awarded by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), he is the author of Le Voleur de songes (2004); Pourquoi rêvons-nous, pourquoi dormons-nous? (2000); Le Grenier des rêves (with Monique Gessain, 1997); Le Sommeil et le Rêve (1992, 1998 ; paperback edition, 2000).