In “On the Melancholic Imaginary,” Julia Kristeva cites Fyodor Dostoevsky’s notes for his 1872 The Devils (which has also appeared in English as Demons, or more interestingly, The Possessed):
“[…] My head ached, my body was broken. In general, the fit’s aftermath – that is, nervousness, a hazy and, in a certain way, contemplative state of mind – lasts longer now than in preceding years. Previously, this passed in three days and now not before six. In the evenings especially, when the candles have been lit, a hypochondriac sadness, without object, like a blood-red tone (not tint) over everything.”
This passage fragments the body of the author seized by his work. The “hypochondriac sadness” that takes hold as the candles are lit occurs today before the glow of a screen, without object, like a white-blue tone (not tint) over everything.