Giudicando la propria vita di uomo e l'opera politica, Adriano non ignora che Roma finirà un giorno per tramontare; e tuttavia il suo senso dell'umano, eredità che gli proviene dai Greci, lo sprona a pensare e servire sino alla fine. "Mi sentivo responsabile della bellezza del mondo" afferma, personaggio che porta su di sé i problemi degli uomini di ogni tempo, alla ricerca di un accordo tra la felicità e il metodo, fra l'intelligenza e la volontà. I "Taccuini di appunti" dell'autrice (annotazioni di studio, lampi di autobiografia, ricordi, vicissitudini della scrittura) perfezionano la conoscenza di un'opera che fu pensata, composta, smarrita, corretta per quasi un trentennio.
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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 an Leggi tutto
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 hüzün , In Korean, it i Leggi tutto
”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 Leggi tutto
“Like a traveler sailing the Archipelago who sees the luminous mists lift toward evening, and little by little makes out the shore, I begin to discern the profile of my death.” By now, many of my friends here know that I like to indulge with a glass of bourbon or bourbon cream on occasion. I don’t li Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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, i Leggi tutto
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 rewr Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
"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 Petr Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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