Memoirs of Hadrian
Both an exploration of character and a reflection on the meaning of history, Memoirs of Hadrian has received international acclaim since its first publication in France in 1951. In it, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally,... show more
Both an exploration of character and a reflection on the meaning of history, Memoirs of Hadrian has received international acclaim since its first publication in France in 1951. In it, Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines the Emperor Hadrian's arduous boyhood, his triumphs and reversals, and finally, as emperor, his gradual reordering of a war-torn world, writing with the imaginative insight of a great writer of the twentieth century while crafting a prose style as elegant and precise as those of the Latin stylists of Hadrian's own era.
Publish date: May 18th 2005
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 347
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, French Literature
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Excelente libro. Muchas reflexiones sobre la vida, la guerra, la paz, la política. La prosa es inigualable, bellísima, muy fluida. A pesar de que Adriano, el narrador, está al borde de la muerte, la sensación es de paz y satisfacción, no de desesperación o tristeza.
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”I was beginning to find it natural, if not just, that we must perish. Our literature is nearing exhaustion, our arts are falling asleep; Pancrates is not Homer, nor is Arrian a Xenophon; when I have tried to immortalize Antinous in stone no Praxiteles has come to hand, Our sciences have been at a s...
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