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Download kindle ´ Mémoires d'Hadrien 313 pages ´ Marguerite Yourcenar ´ Hadrian's Memoirs is described by its author as a psychological novel and a meditation on history In the form the narrative is a fictional autobiography written by the Roman Emperor Hadrian 76 138 AD to his seventeen year old gEstored order on the Danube and achieved diplomatic triumphs in the Near East Hadrian the man was uninhibited even according to the freer standards of his time a lover of life whose enjoyments ranged from hunts in barbaric lands to the most sophisticated experiments in love religion art and literature in the great urban centers of Syria and Egypt and in his cherished Athens 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 with ardor and sweetness different therefore and in practice almost uninhabitable The philosophers in order to study reality pure subject it to about the same transformations as fire or pestle make substance undergo nothing that we have known of a person or of a fact seems to subsist in those ashes or those crystals to which they are reduced Historians propose to us systems too perfect for explaining the past with seuence of cause and effect much too exact and clear to have been ever entirely true; they rearrange what is dead unresisting material and I know that even Plutarch will never recapture Alexander The story tellers and spinners of erotic tales are hardly than butchers who hang up for sale morsels of meat attractive to flies I should take little comfort in a world without books but reality is not to be found in them because it is not there wholeReality may not be found in books but truth can exist there in some booksMarguerite Yourcenar imagines the life and perspective of the roman emperor Hadrian utilizing literally a lifetime of research on her topic Insofar as the specific activities and people in Hadrian's life are recounted when the evidence is not there to back up her narrative she wings it but in such an elegant way that her own suppositions blend seamlessly with that research and happily she notes each of her additions in her afterward Seamless is a pretty good word to use when describing the entire enterprise Nothing jars It is all of a piece A brilliant book and a thing of beautyThe seamlessness of its story is also rather besides the point The author is doing so much than reimagining certain incidents; she is imagining a whole person Memoirs of Hadrian is a reconstruction and an ode a love poem to a man long dead and the means to understanding that man Hadrian is not the main character in the book he is the book itselfAnd so it reads like an actual memoir and I'm not sure that that is what I expected The narrative is one man's life; although there is plenty of excitement and even some suspense it is a life recounted by a person who knows himself who wants to explain his life and the things he's learned but who is not really interested in the kind of storytelling that provides escapist fantasia or thrilling adventure Although the book is full of enchanting prose that richly illustrates the details of a past world through imagery that is palpable sublime I did not find myself really living in ancient Rome not in the way that I've lived there in traditional novels or in various television series like Rome or Spartacus or the stagey but ingeniously realized I Claudius Rather I found myself living inside of Hadrian he is this novel's world It is an excellent head to live in His musings and recollections made me muse and recollect; reading Hadrian challenge his own perspective made me challenge my own point of view my own way of living my life One would think that contemplating politics and battle love and beauty life and death and sickness and fate on such a potently intellectual level that this would make for a dry and heavy book uite the opposite I found the effect to be calming it inspired meditation Memoirs of Hadrian soothed meNot including two afterwords it is divided into six partsANIMULA VAGULA BLANDULAThe beginning starts at the end Hadrian takes his own measure and finds himself at times wanting but often satisfied as wellMeanwhile I took measure of the novel I did not know what to make of it Was this all some sort of idiosyncratic introduction When would the proper story start when would the familiar pleasures begin to happen While I waited certain things struck me The joy of moderation Love making as a true path to understanding a person Sleep precious sleepVARIUS MULTIPLEX MULTIFORMIS Hadrian recounts his early life and the stops starts on his way to becoming emperor His relationships with his predecessor emperor Trajan and with Trajan's highly impressive wife Plotina And many other people personages both major and minor are all rendered eual in Hadrian's musings The beginning of his lifelong love affair with Greece; a similarly long lived fascination with cults and the occult with the world beyond with signs and wonders Hadrian the diffidently ambitious young man the nature loving warrior the clear eyed mysticThis is where I became enchanted I realized that this was not truly a novel; Memoirs of Hadrian is a conversation Despite being the listener I was an eual part of the conversation Memoirs of Hadrian told me fascinating stories and I was duly fascinated but even I came to understand a way of looking at the world at life at all of its mysteries The conversation was not a debate and so it did not matter if I agreed or disagreed Nor was the conversation one between friends around a campfire or lifelong partners retelling tales to each other comfortably It was the sort of conversation you have in the beginning of a relationship you are hearing stories but mainly you are learning about a person; you are learning how to understand them and so you are learning about yourself as well How you feel about what they feel How they think and see and act and move about in the world and so how you think and see and act and move about in the world The similarities and the differences and the gaps and bridges in between I became enchanted but not just with Hadrian I became enchanted with the process with the way I was learning and evaluating and reacting and above all how I was moved to constant contemplation I was enchanted by Marguerite Yourcenar By her ability to become Hadrian and to speak to me in his voiceTELLUS STABILITA In this lengthy section Hadrian recounts his goals and challenges and accomplishments as emperorThis is painful to admit but I will be frank I was often bored by this section Hadrian was a superb emperor a liberal of the old school admirable in nearly every way And so it all became a bit much this meticulous listing of admirable actions Just as I am bored when listing my own accomplishments or unfortunately when hearing others list their accomplishments It doesn't matter that they are excellent achievements and that they say important things about a person and that person's perspective I will applaud that person But reading a lengthy resume is rather a chore The saving grace for me occurred at the ending of this section Hadrian and the night the stars the mystery and strangeness of the world above and beyond us Here was the Hadrian I wanted to knowSAECULUM AUREUM The beloved youth Antinous his introduction to Hadrian their life together his death Hadrian's sorrowOh that voluptuous grief It spawned coinage and cults temples and cities I'm familiar with that excessive sadness that paroxysm I've seen it and I've felt it Hadrian became his most real yet when he was at his lowest point That intensity that rage the grief at a life over too soon that burning need to show the world who that person was to make the world grieve with you That inability to express yourself clearly the feeling that no one can understand your sorrow not really not the way you are actually experiencing it All of this described with passion and delicacy in language that shimmers but with the same distance as all else is described The remove of a memoir written by a thoughtful man Hadrian describes his excess of emotion meditatively without excess That stripping away of drama provided yet another opportunity to step back to calmly contemplate such terrible things to better understand others who have experienced the same Oh Hadrian Oh lifeDISCIPLINA AUGUSTA Hadrian's recounts the autumn of his reign A bitter uprising in Judea and various thoughts on the nature of religion Fanaticism is punished and it is given approbation; as always on matters not relating to Antinous Hadrian is the most even handed of men And at last he introduces the emperors who will follow him the gentle decent Antoninus and the sStoic modest Marcus AureliusBy this point I knew Hadrian as I know my own hand I was in a relationship with him a positive and supportive relationship that had moved beyond and outside of romance into a sort of loving warmth a complete ease with his viewpoint a genuine empathy It was not so much that he could do no wrong I saw him as I see a true friend He was a man to me and not a character in a book I looked up to him but he was no god; he remained mortal through and through At different times in the book Hadrian describes a particularly faithful ally or servant or lieutenant not in terms of servility but as someone who actually sees him who sympathizes with him out of understanding and respect not by command and not with open mouthed awe I could be such a person to the Hadrian of this book Yourcenar somehow somewhere along the way made her love for this good emperor a love that I experienced as wellPATIENTIA Hadrian wrestles with his sickness his longing for death He contemplates the end of things and those things that will continue beyond him He muses on death itselfI read much of this book while my friend was dying I read it in his living room while he slept bed bound for weeks at a time yet not really believing his death was approaching despite all signs to the contrary I read it at home and at work I took a long break from the book as well and then returned to its pages as if meeting up with a sorely needed friend I read it in the hospice where I had taken my friend to spend his last days a beautiful place a place of contemplation I read it as he slept there moaning hands clenching legs kicking fitfully Hadrian and my friend were entirely different but their similarities were deep ones A fascination with mysticism An awful loneliness after the loss of their love And a need to do the right thing to do right by the world for the world They shared those things and they also shared terrible pain at the end messy and humiliating an inability to go gently into that good night I read this last section after my friend had passed on It was a hard and beautiful thing to read All men live and love and suffer and all men will die Some die with eyes closed but others die with eyes open weary but still curious still a part of this world to their very end and beyondTomorrow I pick up his ashes his death certificate They seem like such small thingsHis last coherent words to me Mark remember one book does not make a librarySuch an odd and funny thing to say I wonder what he meant I will probably always wonderI miss you already my friend Rest a while I will see you again

Mémoires d'HadrienEstored order on the Danube and achieved diplomatic triumphs in the Near East Hadrian the man was uninhibited even according to the freer standards of his time a lover of life whose enjoyments ranged from hunts in barbaric lands to the most sophisticated experiments in love religion art and literature in the great urban centers of Syria and Egypt and in his cherished Athens 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 with ardor and sweetness different therefore and in practice almost uninhabitable The philosophers in order to study reality pure subject it to about the same transformations as fire or pestle make substance undergo nothing that we have known of a person or of a fact seems to subsist in those ashes or those crystals to which they are reduced Historians propose to us systems too perfect for explaining the past with seuence of cause and effect much too exact and clear to have been ever entirely true; they rearrange what is dead unresisting material and I know that even Plutarch will never recapture Alexander The story tellers and spinners of erotic tales are hardly than butchers who hang up for sale morsels of meat attractive to flies I should take little comfort in a world without books but reality is not to be found in them because it is not there wholeReality may not be found in books but truth can exist there in some booksMarguerite Yourcenar imagines the life and perspective of the roman emperor Hadrian utilizing literally a lifetime of research on her topic Insofar as the specific activities and people in Hadrian's life are recounted when the evidence is not there to back up her narrative she wings it but in such an elegant way that her own suppositions blend seamlessly with that research and happily she notes each of her additions in her afterward Seamless is a pretty good word to use when describing the entire enterprise Nothing jars It is all of a piece A brilliant book and a thing of beautyThe seamlessness of its story is also rather besides the point The author is doing so much than reimagining certain incidents; she is imagining a whole person Memoirs of Hadrian is a reconstruction and an ode a love poem to a man long dead and the means to understanding that man Hadrian is not the main character in the book he is the book itselfAnd so it reads like an actual memoir and I'm not sure that that is what I expected The narrative is one man's life; although there is plenty of excitement and even some suspense it is a life recounted by a person who knows himself who wants to explain his life and the things he's learned but who is not really interested in the kind of storytelling that provides escapist fantasia or thrilling adventure Although the book is full of enchanting prose that richly illustrates the details of a past world through imagery that is palpable sublime I did not find myself really living in ancient Rome not in the way that I've lived there in traditional novels or in various television series like Rome or Spartacus or the stagey but ingeniously realized I Claudius Rather I found myself living inside of Hadrian he is this novel's world It is an excellent head to live in His musings and recollections made me muse and recollect; reading Hadrian challenge his own perspective made me challenge my own point of view my own way of living my life One would think that contemplating politics and battle love and beauty life and death and sickness and fate on such a potently intellectual level that this would make for a dry and heavy book uite the opposite I found the effect to be calming it inspired meditation Memoirs of Hadrian soothed meNot including two afterwords it is divided into six partsANIMULA VAGULA BLANDULAThe beginning starts at the end Hadrian takes his own measure and finds himself at times wanting but often satisfied as wellMeanwhile I took measure of the novel I did not know what to make of it Was this all some sort of idiosyncratic introduction When would the proper story start when would the familiar pleasures begin to happen While I waited certain things struck me The joy of moderation Love making as a true path to understanding a person Sleep precious sleepVARIUS MULTIPLEX MULTIFORMIS Hadrian recounts his early life and the stops starts on his way to becoming emperor His relationships with his predecessor emperor Trajan and with Trajan's highly impressive wife Plotina And many other people personages both major and minor are all rendered eual in Hadrian's musings The beginning of his lifelong love affair with Greece; a similarly long lived fascination with cults and the occult with the world beyond with signs and wonders Hadrian the diffidently ambitious young man the nature loving warrior the clear eyed mysticThis is where I became enchanted I realized that this was not truly a novel; Memoirs of Hadrian is a conversation Despite being the listener I was an eual part of the conversation Memoirs of Hadrian told me fascinating stories and I was duly fascinated but even I came to understand a way of looking at the world at life at all of its mysteries The conversation was not a debate and so it did not matter if I agreed or disagreed Nor was the conversation one between friends around a campfire or lifelong partners retelling tales to each other comfortably It was the sort of conversation you have in the beginning of a relationship you are hearing stories but mainly you are learning about a person; you are learning how to understand them and so you are learning about yourself as well How you feel about what they feel How they think and see and act and move about in the world and so how you think and see and act and move about in the world The similarities and the differences and the gaps and bridges in between I became enchanted but not just with Hadrian I became enchanted with the process with the way I was learning and evaluating and reacting and above all how I was moved to constant contemplation I was enchanted by Marguerite Yourcenar By her ability to become Hadrian and to speak to me in his voiceTELLUS STABILITA In this lengthy section Hadrian recounts his goals and challenges and accomplishments as emperorThis is painful to admit but I will be frank I was often bored by this section Hadrian was a superb emperor a liberal of the old school admirable in nearly every way And so it all became a bit much this meticulous listing of admirable actions Just as I am bored when listing my own accomplishments or unfortunately when hearing others list their accomplishments It doesn't matter that they are excellent achievements and that they say important things about a person and that person's perspective I will applaud that person But reading a lengthy resume is rather a chore The saving grace for me occurred at the ending of this section Hadrian and the night the stars the mystery and strangeness of the world above and beyond us Here was the Hadrian I wanted to knowSAECULUM AUREUM The beloved youth Antinous his introduction to Hadrian their life together his death Hadrian's sorrowOh that voluptuous grief It spawned coinage and cults temples and cities I'm familiar with that excessive sadness that paroxysm I've seen it and I've felt it Hadrian became his most real yet when he was at his lowest point That intensity that rage the grief at a life over too soon that burning need to show the world who that person was to make the world grieve with you That inability to express yourself clearly the feeling that no one can understand your sorrow not really not the way you are actually experiencing it All of this described with passion and delicacy in language that shimmers but with the same distance as all else is described The remove of a memoir written by a thoughtful man Hadrian describes his excess of emotion meditatively without excess That stripping away of drama provided yet another opportunity to step back to calmly contemplate such terrible things to better understand others who have experienced the same Oh Hadrian Oh lifeDISCIPLINA AUGUSTA Hadrian's recounts the autumn of his reign A bitter uprising in Judea and various thoughts on the nature of religion Fanaticism is punished and it is given approbation; as always on matters not relating to Antinous Hadrian is the most even handed of men And at last he introduces the emperors who will follow him the gentle decent Antoninus and the sStoic modest Marcus AureliusBy this point I knew Hadrian as I know my own hand I was in a relationship with him a positive and supportive relationship that had moved beyond and outside of romance into a sort of loving warmth a complete ease with his viewpoint a genuine empathy It was not so much that he could do no wrong I saw him as I see a true friend He was a man to me and not a character in a book I looked up to him but he was no god; he remained mortal through and through At different times in the book Hadrian describes a particularly faithful ally or servant or lieutenant not in terms of servility but as someone who actually sees him who sympathizes with him out of understanding and respect not by command and not with open mouthed awe I could be such a person to the Hadrian of this book Yourcenar somehow somewhere along the way made her love for this good emperor a love that I experienced as wellPATIENTIA Hadrian wrestles with his sickness his longing for death He contemplates the end of things and those things that will continue beyond him He muses on death itselfI read much of this book while my friend was dying I read it in his living room while he slept bed bound for weeks at a time yet not really believing his death was approaching despite all signs to the contrary I read it at home and at work I took a long break from the book as well and then returned to its pages as if meeting up with a sorely needed friend I read it in the hospice where I had taken my friend to spend his last days a beautiful place a place of contemplation I read it as he slept there moaning hands clenching legs kicking fitfully Hadrian and my friend were entirely different but their similarities were deep ones A fascination with mysticism An awful loneliness after the loss of their love And a need to do the right thing to do right by the world for the world They shared those things and they also shared terrible pain at the end messy and humiliating an inability to go gently into that good night I read this last section after my friend had passed on It was a hard and beautiful thing to read All men live and love and suffer and all men will die Some die with eyes closed but others die with eyes open weary but still curious still a part of this world to their very end and beyondTomorrow I pick up his ashes his death certificate They seem like such small thingsHis last coherent words to me Mark remember one book does not make a librarySuch an odd and funny thing to say I wonder what he meant I will probably always wonderI miss you already my friend Rest a while I will see you again

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Mémoires d'Hadrien ´ Historians friends and enemies the memoirs reconstruct Hadrian's complex incandescent character his cultivated mind the news events that studded his dramatic career and his thirty years of travel over the Roman Empire then at its vastest extent Missions of both war and peace took him to the furthest outposts; he reorganized Roman Britain and the frontier of the Rhine; he r 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 to Rome for an education by his family at 12 with a trusted guardian the father had just expired at 40 The future ruler shows promise studies hard and does well in the army he is fearless against the enemy maybe even reckless his men always cheer him as a civilian too a good magistrate in Rome though like many men of his age spends his money foolishly loving both men and women and goes into debt this annoys Trajan greatly The tough old soldier Emperor comfortable leading his conuering army than playing the politician in the capital it would be the same for Hadrian A crisis appears the dying feeble ruler is in no hurry to officially name his successor maybe this will insure his demise too busy planning and fighting a war in faraway Mesopotamia and dreams of future conuests for his glory a bloody conflict that cannot be won The Empress Pompeia Plotina a close friend of Hadrian helps him to be declared Emperor at the passing of his cousin Not a lover of women he had a few that were instrumental in his rise to power strangely Matilda his mother in law but not his second cousin Sabina his neglected wife she hated him but didn't cause any scandals to the grateful Hadrian And Hadrian wants peace his Empire needs it badly an inveterate reader lover of the Arts he fixes the economy reforms the law the army brings back wealth to its ignored citizens Yet he will leads the Romans in war as he does in Palestine suffering countless thousands of casualties against the Jewish uprising In Asia Minor what is now Turkey meeting a Greek boy Antinous in Claudiopolis the Roman province of Bithyniasent to Rome to receive schooling this attractive child grows up and becomes the love of Hadrian's life Years later the returning handsome teenager travels with the Emperor they become constant companions but in Egypt on the Nile River a mystery happens the lifeless body of Antinous 19 is found an apparent drowning or murder suicide an accident We will never learn the truthFor the rest of his days the melancholic Emperor mourns numerous statues made a magnificent new city built Antinoopolis by the river near where he the boy died an ardent cult begins to worship him games played for his memory deified also by Hadrian but he Antinous will still be gone forever An ailing Hadrian in his last few months sees that everything he has done will vanish as the desert sands shift so too does the hearts of men all is vanity A terrific historical novel one of the best if not the greatest ever written This book gives you an idea what the Roman Empire was like at its summit Well worth reading for those interested kindle ☆ Mémoires d'Hadrien á Marguerite Yourcenar

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Marguerite Yourcenar á Mémoires d'Hadrien text Hadrian's Memoirs is described by its author as a psychological novel and a meditation on history In the form the narrative is a fictional autobiography written by the Roman Emperor Hadrian 76 138 AD to his seventeen year old grandson Marcus Aurelius who eventually becomes emperor In a tour de force of scholarship which uses Hadrian's extant writings and the writings of his 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 she spent several years systematically transforming herself into a vessel for the long dead Emperor's spirit She read every book still in existence that mentioned him or that he might have read She visited the places he had visited and touched the statues he had touched Every night she tried to imagine that she was Hadrian and spent hours writing minutely detailed accounts of what he might have seen and felt She was acutely aware of all the pitfalls involved and used her considerable skills to efface herself from the process; she did not want to breathe on the mirror She compiled tens of thousands of pages of notes and rough drafts nearly all of which she burned The final result the memoirs Hadrian might have composed on his deathbed but never did represents the distilled essence of this process and it is uniue in my experience The language is a beautiful and highly stylised French that feels very much like Latin; the cadences are those of Latin and every word she uses is originally derived from Latin or Greek This effect must be hard to imitate in translation to a non Romance language The world view is throughout that of the second century AD The illusion that Hadrian is speaking to you directly is extraordinarily compelling Hadrian emerges as a great man With Trajan's conuest of Mesopotamia just before his accession to the throne the Empire had reached its peak; indeed it was now clearly over extended and threatened with collapse Hadrian's difficult task was to stabilise it to the extent possible and maintain the increasingly uneasy peace and he succeeded well enough that it survived for several hundred years after his death He describes his work with measured passion neither boasting of his successes nor despairing of his occasional dreadful failures; the Second Jewish War occurred near the end of his reign resulting in the obliteration of Judea and the dispersal of the entire Jewish race He is candid about his private life and Yourcenar's description of his tragic liaison with Antinoüs is probably the most impressive achievement of the book Hadrian who like most of his class was promiscuously bisexual takes as his lover a fourteen year old boy The relationship like everything else in the book is presented entirely within the context of Hadrian's own culture and I was able to accept it as such It's extremely moving; even if you are the absolute ruler of the known world you are as defenceless against love as everyone else When Antinoüs kills himself shortly before his twentieth birthday Hadrian realises too late that he is the love of his life His Stoic philosophy and his strong sense of duty keep him functioning but from then on he only longs to be releasedIt is fortunate that every now and then the world acuires for a brief moment a man like Hadrian or a woman like Yourcenar Read this book and you will feel inspired to be a better person