Memoirs of Hadrian (2019)

Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar Grace Frick 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 In it Marguerite Yourc
  • Title: Memoirs of Hadrian
  • Author: Marguerite Yourcenar Grace Frick
  • ISBN: 9780374529260
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar Grace Frick 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 imagiBoth 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.
Memoirs of Hadrian Marguerite Yourcenar Grace Frick

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  1. Kelly

    There is a word that keeps popping up in my reading I d go so far as to say that this word is the underlying descriptor for the majority of my favorite books, in some way The thing is that I can t tell you exactly what that word is, nor what it means In Turkish, the word is h z n, In Korean, it is maybe something close to han, in French perhaps ennui though I am far from satisfied with that , and in Japanese, mono no aware None of these words mean quite the same thing, none has the same connotat [...]

  2. Manny

    This book is the fruit of one of the most ambitious literary projects I have ever seen At the age of twenty, Marguerite Yourcenar conceived the idea of writing the life of the Emperor Hadrian She spent five years on the task, then destroyed the manuscript and all her notes Over the next decade and a half, she returned to the idea several times, and each time admitted defeat Finally, in her early 40s, she arrived at a method she could believe in, which she describes as half history, half magic sh [...]

  3. Jeffrey Keeten

    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 standstill from the times of Aristotle and Archimedes our technical development is inadequate to the strain of a long war our technical development is inadequate to the strain of a long war even our pleasu [...]

  4. Hadrian

    This is something extraordinary If I was told this was the actual memoirs of the emperor, I would have believed it This is a remarkable book, both for the exquisite and well crafted writing style, but for the depth and solidity of the research, and how multifaceted and fascinating the character of Hadrian is It seems I have known him all my life, and I wanted to talk to him about his grave Aurelius , only to remember that both have long passed.Recommended for those who love books, and talking to [...]

  5. Henry Avila

    Through the mists of time, the clouds lift but only partly, always remain overcast , they never give up their deep secrets , and the myths will continue, such is history, such was the Roman Emperor Hadrian, of the second century, no Julius Caesar but who was Sill a very capable man born in Italica, what is now Spain, to a Roman family of landowners and Senators, they had left Italy centuries before and prospered His cousin Emperor Trajan, many years his senior, later adopts the young man, sent t [...]

  6. Fionnuala

    In the notes at the back of this book, Marguerite Yourcenar tells us that in 1941 she stumbled upon some Piranesi engravings in a shop in New York One of them was a view of the interior of Hadrian s Villa as it might have looked in the 1740s I say might have because the famous Piranesi had a talent for adding interesting layers to his engravings of the monuments of Rome What his contemporaries viewed as a pile of crumbling ruins, took on new life in his rendering, imbued with the phantasms of hi [...]

  7. Dolors

    Margerite Yourcenar s Hadrian is not only the Roman Emperor, citizen of the world and deified ruler, whose heart throbbed at the cadence of Greek poetry, whose resilient physique conquered the barbarian borders of northern Britannia, whose strategic mind enforced groundbreaking laws to regulate the use of slaves and to promote culture in the Pantheon, whose modesty silenced insurgent voices and whose excesses intimidated allied ones I have come to think that great men are characterized by the ex [...]

  8. mark monday

    But books lie, even those that are most sincere The less adroit, for lack of words and phrases wherein they can enclose life, retain of it but a flat and feeble likeness Some, like Lucan, make it heavy, and encumber it with a solemnity which it does not possess others, on the contrary, like Petronius, make life lighter than it is, like a hollow, bouncing ball, easy to toss to and fro in a universe without weight The poets transport us into a world which is vaster and beautiful than our own, wit [...]

  9. Sarah (Presto agitato)

    This is a book that I don t think I would have read if it weren t for I probably would never have even heard of it Technically, I suppose this obscure novel would be considered historical fiction, but that s misleading It is that, but it is also biography, philosophy, meditation, poetry.Hadrian was Emperor of Rome from AD 117 to 138 Marguerite Yourcenar wrote this novel in the form of a memoir, written by Hadrian near the end of his life and addressed to then 17 year old future emperor Marcus Au [...]

  10. Garima

    I stepped on deck the sky, still wholly dark, was truly the iron sky of Homer s poems, indifferent to man s woes and joys alike.But the man looking at the limitless space above him was not indifferent He knew the woes of his people and joys of his imperium sine fine He knew he was both human and supremely divine Hadrian the Good Hadrian the Almost Wise I didn t know much about Hadrian Only his name along with some cursory details occupied a negligible space of my knowledge bank I didn t know Mar [...]

  11. Michael Finocchiaro

    This is a gorgeous book by Marguerite Yourcenar with the emperor writing to future emperor philosopher Marcus Aurelius about his life and the burdens of leadership Its tone is a perfect balance of nostalgia, regret and pride all mixed together A true masterpiece that took her ten years to write, it is also very short and a magnificent read I found that it was very inspirational and was amazed in how this period of Roman history comes alive under Yourcenar s able pen An incredible read It is rath [...]

  12. Paul

    This ought not to work on a number of levels and ought not to be as good as it is A historical novel about the Romans there is so much temptation to go into Life of Brian mode at this point , indeed about one of their emperors Hadrian dominated Marguerite Yourcenar s life for many years with rewrites, abandonments, acres of notes and thoughts, and an immense amount of research including travel to places Hadrian had been The novel is in the form of a letter from Hadrian to his adopted grandson Ma [...]

  13. Sidharth Vardhan

    But books lie, even those that are most sincere It is supposed to be historically most accurate novel I can t judge about that but I m willing to take the word of knowledgeable people on that What is so far incredible is the way the author managed to make herself invisible in her work you know how novels have their authors personality in them You can t normally come out of a novel without having some idea of author s personality Narrators of Proust and Celine look like so much like their mirror [...]

  14. Matt

    Gorgeously written, wise and stately Meditative, deep in a philosophical probing sort of way, moves smoothly and contains a sort of magnificencee prose is given room to breathe I have pretty much every reason to believe it s not taking too many liberties with historical accuracy Yourcenar spent years researching it and getting the details right and it shows Her notes on the research and composition at the end are illuminating and tersely eloquentworth the price of admission in their own respect. [...]

  15. Margitte

    The statue of Hadrian, the 14th Emperor of the Roman Empire, was brought alive by the French author Marguerite Yourcenar in this novel She climbed into his thoughts, philosophies and personality and wrote his memoir for him Hadrian was never a conqueror, but rather a strong leader who brought controversial changes to the Roman laws which made life bearable and humane for the vast empire.By allowing Hadrian to be the protagonist of his own letter to Marcus Aurelius, the long forgotten man was re [...]

  16. Jasmine

    Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone Gustave Flaubert.Gustave Flaubert s quote is to some extent the catalyst for Marguerite Yourcenar s relationship with Hadrian, the Roman emperor who lived from 76 AD to 138 AD a man she comes to know better than her own father The facts of my father s life are less known to me than those of the life of Hadrian quotes in italic from R [...]

  17. Eric

    What are masterpieces Let us name a fewe Testament of Villon, the Essays of Montaigne, the Fables of La Fontaine, the Maxims of La Rochefoucald and La Bruy re, the Fleurs du Mal and Intimate Journals of BaudelaireIn feeling, these masterpieces contain the maximum of emotion compatible with a classical sense of form Observe how they are written many are short and compressed, fruits of reflective and contemplative natures, prose or poetry of great formal beauty and economy of phrase There are no n [...]

  18. Jessica

    This book is not nearly as funny as the similarly titled Diaries of Adrian Mole, so don t get them confused In fact, this book is not funny at all, which is probably my only serious criticism of it Other than that, it is pretty fucking great.Um yeah, so it kind of makes my brain hurt that someone wrote this book I ll probably write a real review soon, it being so good and all In the meantime though and in case I die suddenly or see something shiny and get distracted, and don t get around to it I [...]

  19. Pantelis

    A modern classic in the full sense of the term A beautiful and wise book It demonstrates that an intellectual can also be a sensualist, must also be a sensualist Such books inspire us to live our lives the way a philosopher king would rule his kingdom

  20. Warwick

    Near the beginning of this book, in one of its many lyrical and precise descriptive passages, Hadrian writes about his intimations of mortality.Comme le voyageur qui navigue entre les les de l Archipel voit la bu e lumineuse se lever vers le soir, et d couvre peu peu la ligne du rivage, je commence apercevoir le profil de ma mort As the traveller navigating between the islands of the Archipelago sees the luminous mist rise towards the evening, and discovers, little by little, the line of the sho [...]

  21. Carmo

    Mem rias de Adriano uma fic o hist rica em registo epistolar um g nero que me muito caro pela proximidade que estabelece com o leitor Para quem l , como se aquela carta, aqueles segredos, aquela intimidade nos fosse dirigida, a n s em particular.Marguerite Yourcenar planeou e escreveu este livro entre 1924 e 1929 Quando terminou queimou tudo Tinha na altura 25 anos.Voltou obra em 1934 com avan os e recuos at 1939 altura em que o abandona novamente, s recome ando em 1948 Durante os anos de interr [...]

  22. Aubrey

    An OdeHadrian Born and bred from seventy six to one thirty eight,Man, Roman, Emperor from one seventeen to one thirty eight,Fictionalized in historical form from nineteen twenty four to nineteen fifty one,By Woman, French, Writer, from nineteen o three to nineteen eighty sevenNear two millennia separate life and chronicle, the event from the researchThe Empire caked in so much study, so much praise, so much distortion, So much misuse, so much inheritance of both thought and form.You are one of m [...]

  23. Marita

    Exquisite writing, which is beautifully translated and very nicely illustrated I also loved the author s Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian at the end of the book.Highly recommended.

  24. Tony

    In 2009, Hugo Chavez, in an impromptu meeting with Barack Obama, handed the newly elected American President a copy of The Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano Chavez wanted Obama to learn from Literature of the exploitation of Latin America He had hope the young President would be open minded, and a reader Obama s advisers quickly and glibly disabused the hopeful by saying the book was in Spanish, a language the President didn t know theguardian world 2009It s doubtful President Obama [...]

  25. Noce

    Veni Vidi er tempo de oggi, vidi a posta elettronica Pubblicai le foto de a guera su feisbuc E vici Mi domando cosa penserebbe Adriano se vedesse lo spot Tim di questi giorni Non credo ne rimarrebbe stupito Piuttosto probabile si siederebbe sotto un ulivo a meditare sulla mutevolezza dell ironia e dell esprit du temps E sorriderebbe.Diverso sarebbe se lo portassi a vedere cosa succede nelle aule di Montecitorio Probabilmente avrebbe un d j vu Ma questa un altra storia.Di sicuro, non sar n la pri [...]

  26. knig

    Just when the Gods had ceased to be and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone Flaubert to La Sylphide.This then is the Weltanschauung Yourcenar pays encomium to, panegyrically oded in Memoirs, yet tempered with subdued pragnanz Hadrian s bios is nothing if not temporal Dukkha extrapolated through the measured cadence of a praxeological study of human actions and their consequences, a teological affirmation of t [...]

  27. Algernon

    Life is atrocious, we know But precisely because I expect little of the human condition, man s periods of felicity, his partial progress, his efforts to begin over again and to continue, all seem to me like so many prodigies which nearly compensate for the monstrous mass of ills and defeats, of indifference and error Catastrophe and ruin will come disorder will triumph, but order will too, from time to time Peace will again establish itself between two periods of war the words humanity, liberty [...]

  28. Stephen P

    After the deprivations of the soldierly life unexpectedly he is named emperor of Rome Rather than fame, fortune he not only is provided with vast power but the power to carry out his dreams By enduring and surviving battles he has seen how this ever expanding domain can be run to its benefits and the benefits of his people Without the suffocation of ego, the need to be seen and validated through the eyes of others he can execute his plans Rome is to shift from expansion, to the protection of bor [...]

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