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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Memorie di Adriano by Marguerite Yourcenar. Memorie di Adriano by Marguerite Yourcenar ,. Lidia Storoni Mazzolani Translator. L'imperatore Adriano ha 62 anni e, sentendo avvicinarsi la morte, scrive una lunga lettera al giovane Marco Aurelio per raccontargli la propria vita.
Evoca la giovinezza, i viaggi, le conquiste. L'incontro con Antinoo illumina la sua vita di una singolare passione, ma Antinoo si uccide e Adriano si sente un sopravvissuto per il quale ogni cosa ha "un volto deforme". Il suo L'imperatore Adriano ha 62 anni e, sentendo avvicinarsi la morte, scrive una lunga lettera al giovane Marco Aurelio per raccontargli la propria vita.
Il suo senso dello Stato ha comunque il sopravvento, mentre le forze incominciano ad abbandonarlo e subentra la malattia che lo avvicina alla morte. Get A Copy. Hardcover , Supercoralli , pages.
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As the traveler sailing between the islands of the archipelago sees rising at night the luminous vapors, and gradually discovers the coastline, so I begin to see the outline of my death?
Carmelo Luca At any moment you can begin it, if you want. Death occurs just because we resign to it. See all 3 questions about Memorie di Adriano…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Memorie di Adriano.
Shelves: leetle-boys , love-and-other-indoor-sports , wish-i-owned , groups-of-people , happyendings. 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 arou This book is not nearly as funny as the similarly titled Diaries of Adrian Mole, so don't get them confused! In the meantime though -- and in case I die suddenly or see something shiny and get distracted, and don't get around to it -- I must note that I think the somewhat creepy, suspicious hype surrounding this book is well deserved, and then some.
You know that one pair of pants you have that makes it look like you've got a terrific ass, even though in reality, most days, you might not in truth? This book was a bit like that, except instead of flattering your butt, reading it makes you feel smarter than you probably are.
Not annoying smart, either -- or I'd at least like to think so -- but just more thoughtful and interested in abstract ideas and whatnot than you actually might be in normal life. It did take me awhile to get truly absorbed, but all the "work" did pay off, and I really recommend it. A reader who, unlike me, knows anything AT ALL about the Roman Empire and what have you would get more out of this than I did and would feel up to speed.
I myself am fairly ignorant of the classical world, and what affection I've got tends to be for Greece. Fortunately for us, though, Hadrian felt the same about Greece being more appealing, that is; he was up on his Rome. Yeah and so, this a fabulous novel which really explores some fascinating territory and the potential of that form, and of our brains and humanity and mortality and whatnot.
Human experience, blah blah blah blah History and something something, blah blah blah blah. It's really good! I just can't be articulate about it, mostly because I'm embarrassed even to try. I would not recommend this to people who find that everything about the Roman Empire leaves them cold; for everyone else, though, I'd say give it a shot. For me this book was the level of "hard" where I found it hard to concentrate on reading while other people were talking.
It was the level of "good," though, where I'd tell them to shut up, or at least I'd get up and walk to the other end of the subway car where it was quieter. This book changed my thoughts, which is kind of all I want.
I didn't just think about what was happening in the narrative -- just to clarify, nothing was happening; it was essentially Gilead , if you've read that, only instead of a dying Iowa preacher with heart trouble writing a letter to a young boy, it was a dying Roman emperor with heart trouble writing a letter to a young man -- I thought about the world and civilization and the experience of being a human being differently I mean, I can use that.
Who couldn't? At the end of this volume, in Yourcenar's "Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian," yeah, it's that kind of book she quotes this line from Flaubert's letters: "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. It's about a lot of other stuff too, though. It's got what I think is one of the most unique and memorable literary love stories.
And pictures! It's got beautiful pictures. And it's just excruciatingly well-written During the first quarter of reading this, I noticed that I was getting really depressed about my life and lack of accomplishment and just feeling like a total loser all the time, and then I realized why: I was comparing myself to the Roman Emperor Hadrian! Compared to Hadrian, I really am a big loser. I mean a BIG loser. But it's not a fair comparison.
I was talking last weekend to this somewhat patrician gentleman I use the term "gentleman" loosely about this book, and he told me that they read this as undergraduates at Harvard, where according to him many readers suffer from the opposite problem. Anyway, I'm rambling on, and I don't mean to. It's past my bedtime, and I can't say anything worthwhile about this book, so I'm just sort of yammering away uselessly.
Where I think I might have been going with that I'm-no-Roman-emperor line was: Yourcenar's project has an inherent empathy problem, which she solves. I'll never be the most powerful man in the world, and I won't even ever be the erudite and brilliant Marguerite Yourcenar, who was, the back cover informs us, "the first woman to be elected to the prestigious French Academy" and who, the cover further notes, in an intimidatingly sober tone, "writes only in French.
I've got a library card. Apparently, as I'm learning, that gets me close enough. View all 10 comments. Contemplating on his brief life and all of its random yet heavy choices, he finds it impossible to bring all the contradictions in his life into accord, and yet he tries to find peace in death without too much obsessive concern with people and things yet unborn.
What eases death for him the most is the rememberance of t "I was beginning to find it natural, if not just, that we should perish. What eases death for him the most is the rememberance of the death of the beloved Antinous who had "served to enrich but also to simplify my life.
The isle of Achilles, also the isle of Patroclus, has become a secret abode for him: "I shall doubtless be there at the moment of my death. At a certain time, a civilization will demand no more refinement or success or life, because it finds itself already belonging more with the dead than with the living. View all 8 comments. Ho imparato ad amare M. Bisognava che mi visitasse a digiuno ed eravamo d'accordo per incontrarci di primo mattino. Ho deposto mantello e tunica; mi sono adagiato sul letto.
Adriano ha un obiettivo preciso: quello di mettere ordine al Caos. Ho rinunciato a precipitare la mia morte.
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