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Memoirs of Hadrian
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:12:40 AM »
Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar, is a novel originally written in French and one of my favourite books. It is very difficult to describe it accurately but in short, it relates the life of the Roman emperor Hadrian, adopting the point of view of Hadrian himself towards the end of his life. However, it is much more than a good historical novel. It includes philosophical reflections on various subjects, prose poetry... Many memorable essays are seemlessly included all along the book and the end is simply unforgettable, especially if, like me, you have be haunted by the epigraph of the book.

Here are a few links if you want to learn more:

Wikipedia article
New Yorker article about Yourcenar's career
Shorter article from The Wall Street Journal

My poor description doesn't honour this novel but trust me, if you haven't read it yet, you must! And if you have, you're welcome to share your thoughts here. :ohh:

Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo (ed): ch.5 to be cleaned
Futagashira (ed): ch. 7 to be cleaned
Omi-sensei no binetsu (cl): -
Principal (ed): cleaning ch.26
Teketeke Rendezvous (ed): -