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L'opera al nero

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L'opera al nero è la storia di un personaggio immaginario, Zenone, medico, alchimista, filosofo, dalla nascita illegittima a Bruges nei primi anni del Cinquecento, fino alla catastrofe che ne conclude l'esistenza. Il racconto lo segue nei viaggi attraverso l'Europa e il Levante, intento a ricerche in anticipo sulla scienza ufficiale del tempo. Zenone rappresenta un esempla ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published 1988 by Feltrinelli (first published 1968)
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Paradoxe
Ας φανταστούμε τους χρόνους της πανώλης. Οτιδήποτε υπερβαίνει τους απτούς φυσικούς νόμους πρέπει να υπόκειται στην πίστη. Διαφορετικά αποπέμπεται και οδηγείται σε φριχτές τιμωρίες. Και όμως υπάρχουν κάποιοι φτωχοδιάολοι κυνηγημένοι που αναπτύσσουν ιδέες και προσπαθούν να δουν γιατί κάτι είναι έτσι κι όχι αλλιώς.

Ένας υποθετικός τέτοιος φτωχοδιάολος ξεκινάει ένα ταξίδι στον κόσμο της γνώσης και των ιδεών με μόνα εφόδια να αρνηθεί ό,τι γνωρίζει με σκοπό να καταλήξει σ' αυτό ή στα αντίθετα του με αν
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AC
Mar 24, 2012 AC marked it as i-get-the-picture  ·  review of another edition
(I can see that this is going to be tough going as fiction, as Chris says -- and probably not worth the effort - for me, at least. But I'll let the "initial comment" below stand, and put this book back on the shelf. The Author's Note at the back of the book is worth reading.)

Initial comment:

In the notes appended to the english edition of Memoirs of Hadrian, Youcenar writes to Frick that the book was in large part inspired by a quote she found in 1927, from Flaubert's correspondence, that runs: "
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Josh
Jan 26, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteriously satisfying. As far as historical recreations go, something like the polar opposite of Deadwood or Amalgamation Polka: the past is interesting not because of its excessive color and profuse cocksucking but because of the relentless nature of its blandness. I find myself puzzling over how exactly Y manages this. She gets a certain amount of momentum from establishing and then abjuring scenes; everything is setup for more setup, narrative for more narrative, until you realize that, lik ...more
Philippe Malzieu
Opera negra ("l'oeuvre au noir" the french title better than the abyss) is the first stage of the transformation alchemist to gold. We use the most vulgar matter not differencied. It will be followed by works with the white and the red. Zénon, physician, alchemist are shared between two times the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, between Aristote and Plato. But on the metaphysical level, this alchemist transformation is also that of man who progresses on the way of knowledge.
The end is tragic but
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Stela
Eppur si muove…

« Ecrites pendant les années 60, les pages de L’Œuvre au noir sont hivernales, froides et livides; elles nous renvoient la pâleur de l’époque. Cette luminosité se distingue d’emblée de celle des Mémoires d’Hadrien dont les reflets chauds et dorés nous rappellent les prémices de l’automne. Les vers du demi-dieu affleurent l’encre bleue de Méditerranée comme autant de pépites cuivrées qui annoncent le crépuscule d’un monde. L’hiver du Moyen-âge, lui, nous glace immédiatement les rét
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Lila Dimaki
Jul 12, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μεσαιωνικό μυθιστόρημα που πραγματεύεται τη σχέση Εκκλησίας-αθεΐας.Ο θάνατος του άθεου από τον σκοταδισμό της θρησκείας σε κάνει να αναρωτιέσαι αν αυτό ήταν φαινόμενο που περιοριζόταν την εποχή του Μεσαίωνα και της Ιεράς Εξέτασης ή αν έχει επιβιώσει και στη σημερινή εποχή υπό άλλη βέβαια μορφή (πιο συμβολική).
Janez Hočevar
L'Œuvre au noir, qu'en dire…..Jamais je ne sentais un sentiment de bien, de sécurité et de tranquillité en lisant cet œuvre de la magnifique Marguerite Yourcenar. Comme l'a dit l'une de mes amis ici, ce n'est pas livre qui se lit rapidement. Ce livre, au fond une fresque historique des Pays-Bas espagnoles au XVIe siècle, au carrefour entre le Moyen Ȃge, la Renaissance et l'époque moderne, se pose des questions essentielles, qui sont pertinentes encore aujourd'hui. Qui sommes-nous? Pourquoi faisn ...more
My Inner Shelf
Roman intéressant mais à l’intérêt inégal, j’ai pourtant relu avec plaisir le style élaboré et soigné de Marguerite Yourcenar que j’avais déjà croisée il y a longtemps avec Alexis et Le coup de grâce qui m’avait beaucoup plu. L’écriture et fluide et intelligente, l’histoire intéressante, mais les personnages manquent de je ne sais quoi qui aurait pu les rendre plus…passionnants. Le destin hors du commun de Zénon nous rappelle que l’homme n’a pas souvent été en phase avec le progrès que l’esprit ...more
Sara Jesus
Aug 13, 2016 Sara Jesus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" A obra ao negro" relata a vida de Zenão, um filósofo, um alquimista, um médico, um engenheiro, um inventor... Este grande homem pode ser comparado Da Vinci. Também ele foi um homem demasiado inteligente para o seu tempo! Possuindo ideias perigosas que o levaram a ser condenado pela Inquisição.
Zenão é filho de um homem que conviveu com os Medici, e com grandes artistas como Da Vinci e Miguel Ângelo. Mas este abandonou a sua mãe. E ela por sua vez deixou seu filho aos cuidados dos monges, quan
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Rosa Ramôa
Oct 07, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Obra ao Negro” é a história de Zenão (o filho bastardo de um grande negociante de Bruges)***A Europa do século XVI,as intrigas politicas e religiosas associadas à ciência!!!

1968,no meio da agitação e das dúvidas...

“Pensei escrever as ‘Memórias de Adriano’ para dez pessoas, e enganei-me. Creio neste momento terminar ‘A Obra ao Negro’ para dez pessoas e é muito possível que não me engane.”(Marguerite Yourcenar)

Voltou a enganar- se...

“Trata-se da vida movimentada, mas também meditativa, de um ho
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Teresa
May 13, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a quem gosta de História
Shelves: n-belgica, e3
Zenão é médico, filósofo e alquimista. À volta da vida desta personagem fictícia - e numa escrita primorosa - a autora constrói um romance sobre a história da Europa do século XVI.

Intrigas políticas, lutas religiosas, discussões científicas e filosóficas,...não aprecio. Com grande pena, desisti a meio.
Sylvia
This is a must read if you want to know something about the way scholars were treated by the church in the Middle Ages.
It's not an easy read, but Yourcenar's language, even in translation, is so poetic.
The book was composed of several stories the author wrote was she was a young girl. For years those stories were left unpublished. Finally Marguerite Yourcenar picked up the story, edited it and published it as L'Œuvre au noir. The title refers to the alchemist process of finding the ultimate wi
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Eric
May 15, 2013 Eric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The jaded public library copy I've been reading just gave out. And for the best. I need my own copy - it has been torture, resisting the urge to underscore all the aphoristic sparkle.
Sandra
Sep 02, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nella nota finale l’autrice svela che il titolo del libro e il personaggio immaginario di Zenone, del quale è raccontata la vita nel romanzo, le sono stati inizialmente ispirati dall’opera di Albrecht Dürer , “Melencolia”, che raffigura una figura giovanile circondata da diversi oggetti della vita pratica quali strumenti di lavoro o congegni matematici, che medita amaramente mentre misura con un compasso. Quello fu lo spunto iniziale da cui prese origine l’ispirazione della scrittrice, che ha co ...more
Yves
Apr 04, 2013 Yves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'oeuvre au Noir est un excellent livre à lire pour comprendre ce qu'était vraiment le Moyen-Âge. On est loin de la petite mode médiévale d'il y a quelques années. Dans ce roman tout est noir. C'est surtout au niveau de l'obscurantisme dans les idées. Tout doit passer par Dieu et Jésus sinon c'est diabolique et condamnable. Malheureusement pour le pauvre Zénon, ses idées concordent plus avec celles de la Renaissance qui est en train de commencé. De toutes les époques de l'histoire, c'est sûremen ...more
Ana
Isto devia ter uma opção para os livros que não se lêem até ao fim.Na falta disso, vai para a prateleira dos não terminados. Ficou a meio porque tive de o devolver. Não que não tivesse tido tempo para o acabar, pois perdi a conta aos livros que li pelo meio, mas porque não me apeteceu, não estou para aqui virada, tenho outras prioridades.
Primeira abordagem à obra da autora e encontrei uma escrita densa, analítica, de certo modo fria e masculina. Isto não tem nada que ver com o género, mas sim co
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Margarida
Oct 14, 2014 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Médico, filósofo, alquimista, Zenão baseia-se em diversas pessoas reais, entre as quais Leonardo da Vinci e Paracelso. Livre pensador, vive no século XVI, entre a Reforma Protestante e a Contra-Reforma, viaja pela Europa, Oriente, Norte de África, convive com alquimistas, cientistas, clérigos, em busca incessante do conhecimento.
MY criou uma personagem riquíssima e um romance impressionante. As notas finais da autora são fundamentais, incluindo as excelentes pesquisas bibliográficas.
Moureco
Oct 11, 2011 Moureco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se só houvesse um livro a salvar, em toda literatura lida até hoje, seria este. Se alguma vez encontrarem nos meus comentários alguma contradição com o acima afirmado, PF não hesitem em fazer-mo notar.
Este é o livro que mais me impressionou, desde sempre, até hoje.
Lu
Nov 16, 2010 Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A differenza di ciò che potreste leggere online circa l’origine del titolo, l’autrice riferisce nell’appendice che L’opera al nero prende il nome da una formula che gli alchimisti francesi traducevano così dal latino o dal greco. Ed è proprio di alchimia che si parla, così come di religione, morale, medicina, filosofia ed eresia: materie che spesso nel corso della storia si sono fuse e confuse tra di loro.
La storia si svolge nel ‘500 e ha come narratore Zenone Ligre, figlio illegittimo di una fa
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
May 10, 2012 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it
Shelves: polyfilo
Nella tradizione alchemica l'opera al nero, nigredo in latino, è il primo stadio delle trasformazioni che portano la materia, qualunque essa sia, verso la perfezione e la innalzano nel suo percorso attraverso le impurità.
La vita di un alchimista come Zenone da Bruges, il protagonista del romanzo di Marguerite Yourcenar, è in realtà solo una parte di questo complesso processo di sublimazione che diventa una metafora della ricerca della conoscenza attraverso la trasformazione di sé, condotta fino
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Chiara Silvia
Aug 21, 2012 Chiara Silvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dopo tanti anni dalla letture di altre sue opere, quello che continua a colpirmi della Yourcenar � il suo sguardo limpido e spietato, cos� poco femminile, da narratore onnisciente che si intrufola nei pensieri dei suoi personaggi, rischiarando come una luce di scena il palco di quei teatri mentali senza propendere ad alcun intenerimento pietoso. Il romanzo, peraltro, pare risentire della lunga stratificazione sedimentata dal racconto giovanile che ne � premessa e risultare discontinuo. La figura ...more
Rita Sophie
Aug 14, 2011 Rita Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in Romanian, and, lucky me, the translation was amazing (thank you, Mrs Sanda Oprescu!). What can I say (I hope I've made myself pretty clear so far, my reviews are pretty poor and rather subjective)? You know when you have to run? I'm a runner. Well... I'm trying to be. Lately, I haven't been running too much, and every now and then I made it up to the gym, I ran for 5-6 minutes, then I have to stop, and walk for a couple of minutes. Reading this book was pretty much the same. I would ...more
Fe
Sep 23, 2012 Fe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il romanzo racconta la vita di Zenone, medico, filosofo e alchimista del XVI secolo. Sebbene la figura di questo uomo sia frutto della fantasia dell'autrice, Zenone si inserisce perfettamente nel panorama culturale e storico dell'epoca, e il libro risulta essere un'accuratissima rappresentazione del secolo in questione. All'inizio la storia fa un po' fatica a decollare, ma una volta entrati nello spirito del romanzo è difficile non lasciarsi affascinare da Zenone, personaggio enigmatico e inquie ...more
Justpassingby
There can be no lasting settlement whatsoever between those who search, weigh, dissect, and are proud of being able to think differently tomorrow from today, and those who believe or claim to believe, and under penalty of death force their peers to do the same ([Il] n’existe aucun accommodement durable entre ceux qui cherchent, pèsent, dissèquent, et s’honorent d’être capables de penser demain autrement qu’aujourd’hui, et ceux qui croient ou affirment croire, et obligent sous peine de mort leurs ...more
William March
Writing a review for The Abyss leaves me torn since it is almost like writing a review for two different books awkwardly stuck together. The first book is structured with a clear direction with repeated examples of the absurdity of the human condition such as fear of new technology, petty interests, manipulative greed, religious zeal, resignation, etc and excellently paints a picture of the most ridiculous aspects of human nature that hold us back as a species and as a society. In the middle of ...more
Leen
Zeno leeft in de zestiende eeuw, de eeuw waarin de mens stilletjesaan durft verder nadenken maar waar dit ‘nieuwe denken’ met harde hand door de Kerk wordt onderdrukt. Hijzelf houdt er ook revolutionaire ideeën op na en deinst er niet voor terug om die te publiceren en te verspreiden, waardoor er een prijs op zijn hoofd komt te staan.

Dit boek draait niet om het verhaal maar veeleer om de bedenkingen erachter. Yourcenar vertelt wel gedetailleerd over Zeno’s jeugd en de lotgevallen van enkele van
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Philippe
Feb 01, 2011 Philippe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translated
Reading a book by M. Yourcenar, a prose writer of great skill, is invariably a delight. The scope of her novels is epic, the composition is as intricate and carefully crafted as a Beethoven symphony. Here in The Abyss, the main theme of the book - the clash between the impetus of momentous historical forces and the destiny of a single human being - is introduced in the very first sentence of the book. It accompanies the reader throughout the book as an insistent motto theme. Yourcenar's prose is ...more
Paolo Gianoglio
Jan 24, 2013 Paolo Gianoglio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ero convinto di aver già letto questo romanzo, diciamo circa 30 anni fa. Se ciò e vero, mi chiedo se allora avessi capito di più o di meno di oggi. Perchè questo è un libro molto complesso, in cui il piano umano, psicologico, si interseca pesantemente al piano storico e filosofico. Il mio consiglio, a posteriori, è di ripassare la storia della seconda metà del 1500 prima di affrontare questo romanzo. E' infatti vero che possiamo estrapolare la vicenda dell'uomo libero, convinto del primato del p ...more
Víctor Sampayo
Nov 25, 2015 Víctor Sampayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
La vida de Zenón es el retrato de un intelectual en aquellos días que después habrían de conocerse como el Renacimiento europeo: su hambre de conocimiento en diferentes ramas del saber, el escepticismo ante las verdades monolíticas de la iglesia (sin importar si se trata de la religión papista o luterana), su proclividad a experimentar todo lo que los sentidos pueden percibir (incluida la experimentación sexual con mujeres y hombres), sus nuevas perspectivas con respecto a la medicina... todo el ...more
my name is corey irl
the new yorker blurb included with my edition likens the abyss to both an old map and a tapestry but i think a much better comparison would be some sorta bosch triptych. like no matter where you look there's all these lil dudes getting slaughtered in brutalcomic ways. anyway its a similarity that yourcenar herself acknowledges in the author's notes (and also bosch's output itself was more or less contemporary to the setting of the novel, yikes!). and thats my opinion of the abyss by marguerite y ...more
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