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The Abyss (1968)

by Marguerite Yourcenar

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Marguerite Yourcenar instantly assumes command of our imagination in her novelThe Abyss. Almost before we know it the author establishes a scene and time, and engages us in the fate of two cousins.

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Històricamente bem estribado. Pontos de vista da autora são lugares-comuns anticatólicos, antiluteranos e veladamente libertinos. ( )
  biclaranja | Oct 22, 2016 |
Davvero bello, le quattro stelle le merita tutte.
Romanzo intenso e solido, nel quale la Yourcenar dimostra una acuta indagine storica ed interpretativa del tempo che fa da sfondo alla narrazione (il Cinquecento).
Zenone, il protagonista, alchimista della materia e della vita, cerca di trovare le sue risposte al bisogno istintivo dell'essere umano di conoscere l'essenza delle cose, anche per capire la natura umana, il senso dell'esistenza, e le leggi che regolano il cosmo.
Intorno, ruotano e si intersecano le vicende di altri personaggi ben caratterizzati e, sullo sfondo, un riuscito affresco storico e culturale."Da circa mezzo secolo si serviva della mente come di un cuneo per allargare, meglio che poteva, gli interstizi del muro che da ogni parte ci stringe. Le fessure si dilatavano, o piuttosto sembrava che il muro perdesse da sé la propria compattezza senza tuttavia cessare d'essere denso, quasi muraglia di fumo anziché di pietra". ( )
  Kazegafukuhi | Aug 10, 2013 |
I read this over 20 years ago and it still remains strongly in my head.

Yourcenar's prose is not the delicious sort, delighting the reader with inventive wordplay or imagery that creates new visions of the world by a new interoperation of the senses. Her prose is controlled, at times almost surgical, but it flows effortlessly, and it flows from the mind outward. It is intellectual and incisive.

Zeno's journey is one of the most fascinating I have been taken on by a writer. He is a rebel, a thinker, and a human being with frailties. He amazed me, he frustrate due but he never disappointed me.

I was constantly reminded of Eliot's Adam Bede when I read this. Both are books about characters with ideas and ideals; both written without the belligerence politics but underpinned by social and political philosophy.

It's a great book that deserves to endure.

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  AlanSkinner | Jul 26, 2013 |
Os personagens são extraordinariamente bem construídos. Tem o charme dos detalhes verídicos, como do homem que dissecou o cadáver do próprio filho, e frases hilárias, como a internação em um hospício da criada Catarina, para que ela possa se descabelar a vontade.
Zenon é médico, alquimista e filósofo, e chegou a receber os graus religiosos mais baixos, o que o torna um sábio renascentista segundo a visão moderna, e apto a discutir muito do que surgia na época, teorias da circulação do sangue (até o final), os humores, a atração e repulsa dos elementos químicos, o sistema proposto por Copérnico, etc. Além disso, seu pai participou da corte Borgia, e ele passa pelas célebres cortes de seu tempo. Sua mãe passa por uma seita religiosa fanática, e outros personagens do livro têm contato com outras seitas. Ele se torna o símbolo de uma época, de diversos pensamentos. É impressionante.
Ler Marguerite Yourcenar me desespera de um dia ter a cultura dela. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
  edwinbcn | Jul 1, 2012 |
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Yourcenar, MargueriteAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cartago, GabriellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mongardo, MarcelloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tuin, JennyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nec certam sedem, nec propriam faciem, nec munus ullum peculiare tibi dedimus, o Adam, ut quam sedem, quam faciem, quae munera tute optaveris, ea, pro voto, pro tua sententia, habeas et possideas. Definita ceteris natura intra praescriptas a nobis leges coercetur. Tu, nullis angustiis coercitus, pro tuo arbitrio, in cuius manu te posui, tibi illam praefinies. Medium te mundi posui, ut circumspiceres inde commodius quicquid est in mundo. Nec te caelestem neque terrenum, neque mortalem neque immortalem fecimus, ut tui ipsius quasi arbitrarius honorariusque plastes et fictor, in quam malueris tute formam effingas...

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Je ne t'ai donné ni visage, ni place qui te soit propre, ni aucun don qui te soit particulier, ô Adam, afin que ton visage, ta place, et tes dons, tu les veuilles, les conquières et les possèdes par toi-même. Nature enferme d'autres espèces en des lois par moi établies. Mais toi, que ne limite aucune borne, par ton propre arbitre, entre les mains duquel je t'ai placé, tu te définis toi-même. Je t'ai placé au milieu du monde, afin que tu pusses mieux contempler ce que contient le monde. Je ne t'ai fait ni céleste ni terrestre, mortel ou immortel, afin que de toi-même, librement, à la façon d'un bon peintre ou d'un sculpteur habile, tu achèves ta propre forme.
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PREMIERE PARTIE

La Vie errante

LE GRAND CHEMIN

Henri-Maximilien Ligre poursuivait par petites étapes sa route vers Paris.
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Le scaramucce coi teologi avevano avuto il loro fascino, ma egli sapeva benissimo che non esiste accomodamento durevole tra coloro che cercano, pensano, analizzano e si onorano di essere capaci di pensare domani diversamente da oggi, e coloro che credono o affermano di credere, e obbligano con la pena di morte i loro simili a fare altrettanto.
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