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Творение в черно

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През 1968 Юрсенар публикува "Творение в черно", роман, чието действие вече е пренесено в края на Средновековието и още смътното зараждане на Ренесанса. Негов герой е ученият, лекар и алхимик Зенон, въплътил в сложния си образ много от будните свободни духове на тази епоха - Леонардо, Джордано Бруно, Томазо Кампанела, Парацелз. Романът проследява неспирното търсене на принц ...more
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Published 1984 by Профиздат (first published 1968)
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Josh
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
AC
Feb 20, 2014 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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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
Philippe Malzieu
Opera negra (l oeuvre au noir or work in black) 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 did the death gain? For
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Teresa
Aug 02, 2014 Teresa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a quem gosta de História
Shelves: n-belgica
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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Sandra
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
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
Eric
Oct 31, 2014 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.
Cinzia
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
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
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
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
Margarida
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.
Fe
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
Moureco
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.
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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Paolo Gianoglio
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
Julia Boechat Machado
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
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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
Adelina
Духът на Ренесанса и един събирателен образ на ренесансовия човек - устремен към наука и познание, осмеляващ се да изпитва силите се в алхимията, философията, медицината, изучаващ религията, но и критикуващ, търсещ човека в центъра на света... Юрсенар ме спечели като почитател с "Източни новели", "Творение в черно" е впечатляваща заради умелото обхващане на идеите на една епоха. Ще продължа с "Мемоарите на Адриан" (оказа се, че двата романа имат общ произход).
Gauss74
Tra saggio e romanzo, risultato dimenticabile.




In tutta onestà ho raccontato ad Anobii una piccola bugia riguardo questa "opera al nero": avevo già letto questo libro. Precisamente alle superiori, fu la lettura che la giovanissima insegnante di lettere che sarebbe diventata la madre del mio amore per la lettura (e che sostituiva l'ignobile vecchiarda di ruolo) ci assegnò. Ho deciso di riprenderlo in mano sia per la voglia di ritornare a quei tempi lontani almeno rileggendo una storia, sia attrat
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Czarny Pies
Nov 19, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Umberto Eco fans
Recommended to Czarny by: Prof. James Boake
Shelves: french-lit
This very engaging book relates the life story of a cleric cum philosopher cum scientist cum alchemist living in 16th century Flanders. It offers the reader a pleasure similar to the that of an Umberto Eco novel; that is to say to delivers a diverting voyage through the erudition of a bygone age when the lines between alchemy and science, between theology and religion, and between fact and illusion were blurred. The only thing clear is that non-conformism is not tolerated. When our protagonist i ...more
Pavel
A monumental piece of literature. Zeno of Brugge - a doctor, alchemist, philosopher, atheist and, above all, an upright man - is an unconventional person whose thoughts, words and deeds reflect the time of religious upheaval, scientific revolution, and political turmoil (the late 16th century). I was particularly impressed by the narration of Zeno's relationship with the ailing guardian of the Franciscan monastery and the description of Zeno's suicide at the end of the book, strongly reminiscent ...more
Bsquared
Ho pescato a Port Alba un'edizione de "L'opera al nero" del 1982, edita da Feltrinelli, quasi mai aperta, apparentemente senza contaminazioni da lettore - macchie di caffè, ditate, briciole, spiegazzature ed orecchiette, etc.
Avevo già conosciuto M.Yourcenar e il suo Adriano. Credo di essermi innamorato con lui della figura di Antinoo; laddove lui ha avuto il privilegio di abbracciarlo, io mi sono appena concesso un breve incontro con la sua statua al Museo Archeologico di Napoli.
Apro il libro e
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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
Marc L
Ik las dit boek al eens, 30 jaar geleden, maar herinnerde me er niet zoveel van. De tweede lectuur begon ik in het Frans, maar - wat me zelden overkomt - na 160 blz. zag ik me verplicht over te schakelen op de Nederlandse vertaling: Yourcenar gebruikt een woordenschat die niet tot de standaardtaal behoort, en bovendien is het boek herhaaldelijk heel "hermetisch" (bewust?). Dat laatste is ook mijn belangrijkste kritiek: sommige dialogen, overdenkingen, beschouwingen van hoofdpersoon Zeno zijn amp ...more
Philippe
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
hyperboreas_
The first thing I ever read written about Marguerite Yourcenar was simply "Yourcenar conjures worlds." It was with this revealing piece of information that I went into one of the better known works of an immensely powerful writer, bearer of an equally powerful name. And, try as I may, I cannot find the words to put it any better: Yourcenar does conjure worlds, as she taps into the depths of a complex, high symbolical story that finds its ideal way of storytelling in the heavy, description-based ...more
David

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This is the story of Zen, a "belgian" surgeon/philosopher/alchemist in the Middle Ages - from his childhood through his european journeys and finally to his suicide - at the times of the black death and the inquisition. The book - written by Yourcenar, an author who has since then been called the last of the classic french writers - is heavy with mesmorising dialogues about the place of religion, and science in the world of men, in an era when raising such questions could lea
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Yourcenar was born Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie Ghislaine Cleenewerck de Crayencour in Brussels, Belgium to Michel Cleenewerck de Crayencour, of French aristocratic descent, and a Belgian mother who died ten days after her birth. She grew up in the home of her paternal grandmother.

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