Mémoires d'Hadrien

M moires d Hadrien Cette uvre qui est a la fois roman histoire po sie a t salu e par la critique fran aise et mondiale comme un v nement litt raire En imaginant les M moires d un grand empereur romain l auteur a vo

  • Title: Mémoires d'Hadrien
  • Author: Marguerite Yourcenar
  • ISBN: 9782070369218
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Cette uvre, qui est a la fois roman, histoire, po sie, a t salu e par la critique fran aise et mondiale comme un v nement litt raire En imaginant les M moires d un grand empereur romain, l auteur a voulu refaire du dedans ce que les arch ologues du XIXe siecle ont fait du dehors Jugeant sans complaisance sa vie d homme et son uvre politique, Hadrien n ignore pasCette uvre, qui est a la fois roman, histoire, po sie, a t salu e par la critique fran aise et mondiale comme un v nement litt raire En imaginant les M moires d un grand empereur romain, l auteur a voulu refaire du dedans ce que les arch ologues du XIXe siecle ont fait du dehors Jugeant sans complaisance sa vie d homme et son uvre politique, Hadrien n ignore pas que Rome, malgr sa grandeur, finira un jour par p rir, mais son r alisme romain et son humanisme h rit des Grecs lui font sentir l importance de penser et de servir jusqu au bout Je me sentais responsable de la beaut du monde , dit ce h ros dont les probl mes sont ceux de l homme de tous les temps les dangers mortels qui du dedans et du dehors confrontent les civilisations, la quete d un accord harmonieux entre le bonheur et la discipline auguste , entre l intelligence et la volont ivi de Carnets de notes de M moires d Hadrien.

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    1. 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 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 sa [...]

    2. 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 mag [...]

    3. ”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 o [...]

    4. 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 talkin [...]

    5. 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, sen [...]

    6. 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 phan [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. "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 more beautiful than our [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 gra [...]

    13. “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 more 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 [...]

    14. 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 resp [...]

    15. 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 more 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 [...]

    16. "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. [...]

    17. 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 Bruyère, 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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. 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 îles de l'Archipel voit la buée lumineuse se lever vers le soir, et découvre peu à peu la ligne du rivage, je commence à 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 [...]

    21. Memórias de Adriano é uma ficção histórica em registo epistolar – um género que me é muito caro pela proximidade que estabelece com o leitor. Para quem lê, é como se aquela carta, aqueles segredos, aquela intimidade nos fosse dirigida, a nós em particular.Marguerite Yourcenar planeou e escreveu este livro entre 1924 e 1929. Quando terminou queimou tudo. Tinha na altura 25 anos.Voltou à obra em 1934 com avanços e recuos até 1939 altura em que o abandona novamente, só recomeçando [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، <مارگریت یورسنار> نویسندهٔ فرانسوی، در سالِ 1951 میلادی، این کتاب، یعنی "خاطرات هادریان" یا "خاطراتِ آدرین" را منتشر کرد‎عزیزانم، <هادریان> از سالِ 117 تا 138 میلادی، بر تختِ امپراتوری روم نشست و بر روم و دیگر سرزمینها حکمرانی کرد حال داستانِ این کتاب، این [...]

    24. 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.

    25. 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 Presi [...]

    26. ”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 è 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 déjà-vu. Ma questa è un'altra storia.Di s [...]

    27. ‘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 a [...]

    28. 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, lib [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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