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En débarquant à Constantinople le 13 mai 1506, Michel-Ange sait qu’il brave la puissance et la colère de Jules II, pape guerrier et mauvais payeur, dont il a laissé en chantier l’édification du tombeau, à Rome. Mais comment ne pas répondre à l’invitation du sultan Bajazet qui lui propose, après avoir refusé les plans de Léonard de Vinci, de concevoir un pont sur la Corne d ...more
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Published February 6th 2013 by Babel (first published 2010)
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John Darnielle An English edition is due from New Directions on November 28th of this year. I read it in galley, and it's excellent.
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Gumble's Yard
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions,

This book is published by one of the leading UK small presses, Fitzcarraldo Editions an independent publisher (their words) specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays ….. it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language . Their novels are (my words) distinctively and beautifully styled, with plain, deep blue covers and a "French-flap" style, and are often complex and dense.
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João Carlos
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l2014

Carta e Projecto da Ponte de Leonardo da Vinci apresentado ao Sultão Bayazid II

O livro “Fala-lhes de Batalhas, de Reis e de Elefantes” foi escrito pelo francês Mathias Énard (n. 1972), publicado originalmente em 2010 e recebeu o Prémio Goncourt des Lycéens (2010) e o Prémio do Livro em Poitou-Charentes (2011)
O romance começa com Miguel Ângelo a desembarcar no porto de Constantinopla (actual Istambul – Turquia), a 13 de Maio de 1506, a convite do Sultão Bayazid.
Miguel Ângelo está em litígio com
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Adriana
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
"Vom găsi frumusețea în bătălii groaznice, curajul, în lașitatea oamenilor, totul va intra în legendă."
Antonomasia
[3.5] This historical novel presents East and West as equal, equivalent, and with at least as many similarities as differences - for, as anyone who's encountered the Ottomans on an Early Modern Europe curriculum will know, that's pretty much how it was in the 16th century, before the Industrial Revolution, European colonialism and petropolitics. It's a valuable perspective to show 21st-century readers, but if you've heard it plenty of times before (since A-Levels in the 1990s in my case), its pr ...more
Eric Anderson
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I hadn’t read some articles in the past (such as ‘Bridging the gap: the east-west divide in art’), I’d have entirely believed the central story of Mathias Enard’s new novel. It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were invited by Turkish rulers in Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn, but neither ever journeyed to this Eastern superpower. However, “Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants” imagines Michelangelo travelling to work for the sultan in the summer of 15 ...more
Owlseyes
Jun 03, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit



Istambul,....Turkey,....how timely* a novel on that area....



To many, Michelangelo, Italian painter, poet, sculptor and architect had always had that allure as the Master-artist of the Renaissance, notwithstanding the fecund rivalry vis-a-vis another illustrious contemporary one: Leonardo Da Vinci. A Master too.



But the present book is about the former. Contrary to expectations of a sedentary M (contrasting with a Leonardo often “moving” throughout Italy), it seems that the supreme artist ma
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Lavinia
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fiction
Dragă Goodreads,
Pentru anul viitor îți doresc să implementezi odată sistemul ăla cu jumătate de stea. Milioane de oameni îți vor fi mulțumitori.

Altfel, cartea: captivantă, scurtă, istorică. Intrigi, pasiune, poeți, artiști, bătălii, regi și elefanți.

3.5*
Tijana
Kad se sve sabere i izbace beline između ultrakratkih poglavlja (kao u Svili, ali ovde je više trik a manje potreba), ovo nije roman već novela od šezdesetak strana, za prijatno čitanje u komadu. Kao svaka dobra novela, okreće se oko jednog događaja - šta bi bilo da je Mikelanđelo otišao u Carigrad da sultanu sagradi most preko Bosfora, i zašto bi taj poduhvat propao. Autor piše besprekorno&savršeno, svaka rečenica je na svom mestu, uglačana do smrti, samo... pa, iskreno, ko je čitao "Most n ...more
Lee
For completists only -- wouldn't really recommend starting with this if you're wondering which Énard to read first. Never trusted the POV, all these active present-tense verbs after "Michelangelo." Typical Énardian lists of exotic esoterica, Arabic names maintained, felt slight and seemed to show the seams of his technique in this. I'm a huge fan of the author/translator duo (and of the publisher of course) and have read all their other books (odd that only Compass is listed on the page showing ...more
Stephen Durrant
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, 4.5 if the half-star were available! This is a fine example of compelling fiction built up from a few tantalizing historical facts. The facts are that Michaelangelo was invited by the Ottoman Sultan in 1506 to submit a proposal for a bridge across the Golden Horn. Michaelangelo's earliest biographer claims that he refused this offer, but a recent discovery in the Ottoman archives indicates that he did submit a sketch for a bridge and may even have paid a short visit to Istanbul at the inv ...more
Vasco Simões
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Fiquei curioso ao saber que o autor tinha conquistado o Goncourt mas antes de me aventurar na obra gigantesca com que foi premiado joguei pelo seguro e comecei com algo mais pequeno. E ainda bem que o fiz. Este livro de 150 páginas conta-nos a aventura de Miguel Ângelo por Constantinopla onde foi convidado a projectar e construir uma ponte...mas as coisas acabam por correr de forma diferente ao que o artista florentino tinha imaginado. Está muito bem escrito com frases elegantes e no fim ganha t ...more
Alex
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is short, nevertheless intense and filled with poetry. Sad. Love and betrayal. The relativity of religion. Christianism vs islamism. God vs God. The turkisch steelworker didnt want to manufacture a dagger as it looked liked a cross - a pagan symbol in his mind.
A very researched story, nevertheless Enard Fantasy is fascinating.
As i said before, this book is a strong example that less is more. You dont need a lot of words to stimulate and produce goosebumps in the reader‘s head, you j
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Sunita
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I have all of Enard's translated-to-English books in my TBR, and this is the first I've read, so I didn't have his other novels as points of comparison.

The story, such as it is, imagines Michelangelo's 1506 trip to Constantinople at the request of the Sultan, who wants him to build a bridge across the Bosphorus. Currently at outs with Pope Julius and hearing that Leonardo has been unsuccessful in the same endeavor, Michelangelo accepts. He eventually produces a design tha
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Jelena
1506. Mikelandjelo odlazi u Carigrad na poziv sultana Bajazita, a u inat prgavom papi Juliju II, i sve to sa namjerom da napravi savrseni projekat za izgradnju mosta preko Zlatnog roga.
Djelo kratko, a povrh svega poeticno.
Omiljeni momenat mi je taj savrseno suptilan opis Mikelandjelove ocaranosti misticnom pjevacicom, tacnije – kako je on dozivljava – cijelom tom pokretnom formom, nadasve savrsenom i nedefinisanom. Gusto vino, dim cigara i opijuma, miris ruza i muskata, rukavi koji ritmicno otkr
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Tommi
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a good introduction to Mathias Énard, I would most certainly recommend Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants. It is thematically similar to all of his previous novels and is additionally reminiscent of Street of Thieves by being considerably more readable than the two giants, Zone and Compass. I was going to give this three stars, but I thought the ending was so well executed that I have to give it four. Reread material.

And so follows my Very Objective and Indisputable
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Fionnuala
Michaelangelo in Constantinople
A beautiful piece of fiction about a little known period of Michaelangelo's life when he may have visited Constantinople to design a bridge for the Sultan of the time.
Neil
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Constantinople is a very sweet prison.
The city is balanced between east and west as he himself is between Bayezid and the Pope, between Mesihi’s tenderness and the burning memory of a dazzling singer.


Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants is a “what if” story that imaginatively weaves together fragments of real history to create a new story. What if, when invited by the sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn, a bridge where Leonardo Da Vinci’s design was rejected, Mi
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Temuka Zoidze
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
როგორ მშურს ხოლმე ასეთი მწერლების: ერთი ხელის მოსმით რომ გააცოცხლებენ მთელ ეპოქას, ხელშესახებს გახდიან წარსულში ჩაკარგულ ადამიანებს და საკუთარი ფანტაზიით ხანდახან რეალობასაც რომ აჯობებენ. თან რაღაცნაირი მათრობელა ენით დაწერილი წიგნია -კითხვას რომ ვერ მოწყდები და ბადაგივით ბოლომდე შეიგრძნობ სიტყვებით გაცოცხლებულ ფერებს, გემოებსა და ბგერებს.
Simona Stoica
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enard este un poet, un sculptor al cuvintelor nerostite și al iubirii pătimașe, vulcanice. O iubire ce se stinge din ambiție, de teamă, la granița dintre Occident și Orient, o iubire ce tinde spre obsesie și îl urmărește pe Michelangelo în toate operele sale.

Îmi este aproape imposibil să redau în cuvinte ce am simțit citindu-l pe Enard, plimbându-mă pe străzile din Constantinopol, cu punga goală și cu ochii lipiți de chipul unui artist ce vrea să îl depășească pe Leonardo Da Vinci și să realize
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Paul Fulcher
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two extended fingers that don't touch each other.

Mathias Énard's 'Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants' was published in 2010 after his epic 2008 novel Zone. Énard's 2015 novel Boussoule was to win the Prix Goncourt, but this book won its younger sibling, the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, voted on by 2000 lycée students from a longlist of 12 that they read and debate (as an aside - why doesn't the Booker try something similar in the UK?), perhaps a less prestigious award and one for less
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Georgiana
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Poate cel mai bun lucru al copilariei este furia asta incapatanata care ne face sa sfaramam castelul din lemn daca nu e perfect, potrivit dorintelor noastre" 🐘
Elena Druță
Vorbește-le despre bătălii, regi și elefanți de Mathias Énard este un roman al contrastelor, iar personajul principal - sculptorul Michelangelo - este o enigmă pentru cititor, lăsându-l pe acesta să descifreze personalitatea geniului. Cartea descrie o călătorie în Constantinopol a lui Michelangelo și impactul Orientului asupra sa.
Recenzia completă o găsiți pe canal.
Stephen
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mythic and surreal. Ènard imagines a perhaps factual visit by the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti to Istanbul in 1506. A little over 50 years after Constantinople has fallen to the Ottoman Empire and is renamed Istanbul. The Grand Turk Sultan Bayezid invites Michelangelo to design a bridge over the Gold Horn to connect Persia to Europe.

Ènard captures what we know of Michelangelo well: the brilliant artist, but also arrogant, obsessive, willful and greedy. Angry that Pope Julius II refuses to pay
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Maria Roxana
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Nu caut iubirea. Caut consolarea. Mângâierea pentru toate ţările pe care le pierdem, încă din pântecele mamelor noastre, şi pe care le înlocuim cu poveşti, ca nişte copii lacomi cu ochii larg deschişi în faţa povestitorului.
Adevărul este că nu există nimic altceva decât suferinţa şi că încercăm să uităm, în braţe străine, că vom dispărea curând.
Podul tău va rămâne; poate că, în timp, va căpăta un înţeles diferit de cel pe care îl are azi, aşa cum din ţara mea dispărută se va înţelege cu totul a
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Margot
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Le dormeur quitte l'univers des songes comme il le ferait des bras d'un amant: avec résignation et tristesse. Ce magma obscur et informe qu'est le sommeil nous étreint, parfois avec tendresse, souvent avec violence, et nous arrache à notre condition d'homme. Nos paupières deviennent lourdes, la lumière semble se dissoudre, alors que la frontière entre illusion et réalité se fait de plus en plus ténue. C'est l'heure de tous les possibles. L'heure du marchand de sable et des lunes enchanteresses, ...more
Ilana
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
★★★★
From July 2015 — I picked up this amazing little book because it came highly recommended in a "best of" directory consisting mainly of French writings (La bibliothèque idéale RTL edited by Bernard Lehut); it has not been translated into English yet, but it can only be a matter of time given it won a prestigious French literary award, its vastly famous protagonist—the artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, aka Michelangelo—and the compelling premise that the great Italian Renaiss
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Oliver Twist & Shout
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france

Un rasgo que a mi entender empobrece el común de novelas históricas comerciales es la pobre construcción de sus personajes, inevitablemente tópicos, planos o higienizados sin remedio, consigna secreta necesaria para poder extraer del temperamento más extraño o anacrónico un personaje comprensible y asequible para grandes audiencias. La recreación histórica suele parecer bien documentada, pero desfallece frente a la pobreza de sus figuras. Lo habitual es encontrarse a actores de cartón piedra en
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Jovi Ene
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poate nu știați că, în 1506, înainte să picteze Capela Sixtină sau să realizeze Moise, de exemplu, Michelangelo s-a aflat la Constantinopol, la invitația sultanului, pentru a creiona un pod peste Cornul de Aur.
Mathias Enard a creat aici o istorie romanțată a acestei povești, plecând de la câteva documente reale, în care Michelangelo este văzut atât în postura de artist de geniu (felul în care desena, în care studia, în care crea), cât și în cea de om obișnuit, supus pasiunilor trecătoare, iubiri
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ანა მაისურაძე Ana Maisuradze
ძალიან ლამაზად დაწერილი ისტორიული წიგნი. <3
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French fiction author. He mainly writes novels with Arabic themes. At university he studied Arabic and Persian. In 2000 he moved to Barcelona (Spain), where he writes all his works.
His first novel was La Perfection du tir, released in 2003. Two more books were released before his first success, Zone, appeared in 2008. This book, written as a single sentence that continues along more than 500 pages
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