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L'ultimo libro di Marguerite Yourcenar si compone di tre racconti ambientati nel Seicento tra l'Italia e le Fiandre. Il primo, Anna, soror..., mette in scena la storia conturbante d'un amore tra fratello e sorella nella Napoli della Controriforma: una passione così forte che riesce a resistere ai rimorsi dei due giovani e a farsi largo nel loro cuore. Un uomo oscuro, ambieL'ultimo libro di Marguerite Yourcenar si compone di tre racconti ambientati nel Seicento tra l'Italia e le Fiandre. Il primo, Anna, soror..., mette in scena la storia conturbante d'un amore tra fratello e sorella nella Napoli della Controriforma: una passione così forte che riesce a resistere ai rimorsi dei due giovani e a farsi largo nel loro cuore. Un uomo oscuro, ambientato nei Paesi Bassi, ci fa seguire le avventurose peregrinazioni di un ragazzo - Nathanael- tra Vecchio e Nuovo Mondo e il suo amore per la prostituta Saraí. L'ultimo racconto, Una bella mattina, riprende i temi e i personaggi di Un uomo oscuro seguendo la storia di Lazaro, figlio di Saraì e Nathanael e della sua vocazione teatrale....

Title : Come l'acqua che scorre
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ISBN : 9788806129828
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Number of Pages : 222 Pages
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Come l'acqua che scorre Reviews

  • notgettingenough
    2019-01-23 06:21

    Read together in Seville with Candide.http://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres...

  • Pedro Varanda
    2019-02-14 03:23

    Três breves contos escritos por uma ainda adolescente Yourcenar, bastante interessantes e que nos mostram o processo de crescimento desta excelente escritora. A ler.

  • Mike
    2019-01-23 06:58

    This book collects three novellas (two long, one short) by the celebrated author Ms. Marguerite Yourcenar. They are remarkable even in the English translation. Each is richly written with full use of the five senses, attention to detail and human emotions. They appeal to one’s sense of imagination and adventure. While not breaking that implicit promise of showing us other places and other times, they bring us face-to-face with universal human thoughts and desires. Her characters are people: people you might have met under different circumstances or you might yet meet in the 21st century.Allow me a brief spoiler-laden observation:(view spoiler)[They are very well crafted stories and that is no accident. For, after reading them, there is a set of detailed postfaces describing how each was first written decades earlier and then re-written and re-written with intermediate versions published until these final versions were released in 1982. I have nothing against and author taking a story or idea and re-using it. It often happens that a short story later serves as the basis for (or introduction to) a novel. In this case, Madame Yourcenar followed a path similar to that of J.R.R. Tolkien in how ideas and characters were worked on and changed and revised to fit different backgrounds. But, unlike Tolkien, she revisited these as she grew older to meet her own changing viewpoint (not to flesh out the history of a self-contained and internally consistent fictional world). In both cases, the end result is very, very good.(hide spoiler)]I read this collection because of another Goodreader’s comments on Candide and the suggestion that I should try “An Obscure Man”. It was both excellent observations and advice. Of course, I am not doing myself any favors writing these thoughts a good 7 or 8 weeks after actually finishing the stories. But I’ll try to recapture the impressions that I had about each.An Obscure ManThis is the first and one might easily claim most important story. Indeed it has strong parallels to Candide, but it also has strong contrasts. The protagonist, Nathaniel (Nathanael), has a life that encompasses many places, many trades, and many people. Like Candide (like most of us), he is an everyman who stumbles through the events that occur whether big or small. He strives to improve himself and his lot and although he makes progress at times, it is a very crooked path for each step forward there are the same or more going sideways and backwards.As I began his tale I watched for similarities to Voltaire’s story, but later let myself relax and settle into the story. I want to avoid giving away too much, but Nathaniel sifts through the beliefs that he and those around him hold. While he never comes out with a definite statement (“We must all cultivate our garden”) like Candide, he does draw inferences about his world and those around him. He has a degree of education (from reading) that many commoners would not have and that gives him perspective to compare the (his) modern world to that of the historic (Greeks and Roman). But even with this advantage, he often misjudges people to a degree of absurdity. He wants to ascribe good intentions to those around him even when they are clearly cheating, lying, and defrauding him. It’s as if his ability to see the “macro” blinds him to the “micro”.I’m not truly doing this story justice, but one should not think of it as a clone of Candide or any other story. The motivations of the author are certainly different: Voltaire chose to parody and lampoon the philosophical beliefs (optimism) that he thought were absurd and leading the world into idiocy. Ms. Yourcenar may also desire to show the fallacy of our philosophies, but this is more about exposing the frailty of our lives and how we carry ourselves in the world. She writes in a sterner way. One that might chide us for enjoying the lunacy we encounter just as much as she would for letting our emotions overcome us when lives treats us harshly. Both protagonists have their lives shaped by chance, but hers has it overrunning his freedom of choice more explicitly I think.Another difference in these two tales is that An Obscure Man opens with the death of Nathaniel and how little notice it attracted; just like his birth had done. This mortality closes off the story (she returns to his dying in the last pages) in a way that Voltaire never did. When we leave Candide, he and his commune are living their lives maybe a bit more plainly now, but with no sense that they will be interrupted from their labors or thoughts any time soon.*** 4.0 to 4.5 ***A Lovely MorningThis very short tale is about Nathaniel’s son Lazarus. Lazarus is a very imaginative lad and his surroundings (an inn) promote his fancies. He is sheltered in the inn, but he is also exposed to the musings of those who live complex lives; at times on the periphery of society and at other times in the middle of it. His secret mentor is an aged actor and from him he learns to perform, emote, and see the world as nothing more than another kind of play. In the end he chooses to go off to join a troupe as they go to their next performance.To make another parallel to Tolkien, like the One Ring linking The Hobbit to The Lord of The Rings, Nathaniel’s son is the link between “An Obscure Man” and “A Lovely Morning”. In all other respects the tone and style of the stories are completely different. It is an interesting contrast and shows the depth of the author’s ability.*** 3.0 ***Anna, Soror… The final tale takes us far away from the home of Rembrandt and puts us in Spanish-controlled Italy. We join the household of the Governor of Naples. We live with his wife, his son, and his daughter as they develop in age and emotion. The reader is never at much doubt as to where the story is taking us, but we go along willingly. The writing reflects the deep passion that the characters have; the phrasing is blunter and more powerful. As the story plays out we feel that we know both the city and the characters intimately. It ends as it only can. Death and resignation certainly, but there is more and that is left to the imagination of the nuns and the reader.*** 3.0 ***Wrap-up:I had not read any of the author’s works before this and perhaps it is not representative of her other works. But I’d guess that her prose and ideas are just as powerfully drawn as they were here. This is not the first time that Goodreads has been the source of my reading and I hope not the last. It is always easy when it falls in your “comfort zone” and riskier if you stray outside that. This is a strong book that deserves to be read by anyone who loves good writing. I’m on the fence about my rating. I think that it is at least a 3.5 and may be a 4.0, but I also feel that it should be at least that high after all of the re-writing. Consider it a 3.5 rounded up to 4.0. But, please read it yourself and find out how you would rank it.

  • Vale
    2019-02-07 23:59

    I racconti, nel complesso tre, sono dei romanzi brevi ambientati tra la fine del Cinquecento e il Seicento tra l'Italia e le Province Unite. Al di là delle storie, la seconda mi è piaciuta meno, la narrazione è perfetta. Per la Yourcenar vale la massima di Čechov per cui “Non c’è ferro che possa trafiggere il cuore con più forza di un punto messo al posto giusto.”Ogni parola sembra cesellata nella carta, è un'isola di significato:Per un attimo il suo corpo, ben lavato, gli sembrava intatto, persino bello, partecipe con tutte le sue fibre alla felicità del mattino.Gli amori appaiono compassati, ma al contempo vibrano di passione. Uno dei personaggi, Nathanael, una notte sogna la donna amata, si eccita al solo pensiero di spogliarla e vederla tremare di passione, poi d'un tratto si sente in colpa per questo pensiero peccaminoso, ha paura di offenderla:Poi, pensava che ogni creatura umana entra senza saperlo nei sogni amorosi di quelli che la incontrano o la circondano e che, nonostante l'oscurità o la miseria, l'età o la bruttezza di chi desidera da un lato, e la timidezza o il pudore dell'oggetto desiderato dall'altro, o i suoi particolari desideri, che si rivolgono forse a qualcun altro, ognuno di noi è in tal modo aperto e dato a tutti.E' sconvolgente con quanta grazia riesca ad esprimere pensieri così profondi.

  • Sara
    2019-01-26 00:12

    Wandering in the streets of Louise, in Brussels, I came across this little cosy garden dedicated to Marguerite Yourcenar. I entered in and got lost among her words written down on the pavement: «Nous en savons moins sur les routes et le but d'une vie d'homme que sur ses migrations l'oiseau»…. Brussels is a city of atmospheres… and the ambience of that tiny garden is just magical!Well, I decided to read something written by the author who inspired that place, sure that I would have find some of the sensations that the place itself gave me every time I was there! And for sure I did! I started with this book which is made by 3 short stories… generally I don’t enjoy short stories that much, but these are an exceptions. They immerge you in a far world of passions and sorrow between Italy and Holland in the XVI century. Once again, a book of atmosphere, like the city where she was born.

  • Alex Sarll
    2019-02-10 05:16

    Three very early works, revised to various extents very late, and the only Yourcenar I've read not to be translated by her great love, Grace Frick. For whatever combination of these reasons, or another altogether, the first and longest story, 'An Obscure Man', mostly didn't click for me. Maybe it's just that an author normally so devoted to "a local reality...strictly tied to a place and time" has, as she admits in an afterword, cheated in certain details. Still, it's better than most historical novelists would ever manage, and its brief sequel 'A Lovely Morning' is sustained by a single delirious moment at its heart. Finally there is 'Anna, Soror...' which feels much more Yourcenar - a perfect encapsulation of a moment and a place, animated above all by love.

  • Giovanna
    2019-01-30 05:00

    Un libro bellissimo,da legger d'un fiato,senza una sbavatura,ricco di spunti di riflessione,mai banale.La Yourcenar ancora una volta riesce a toccare argomenti delicati con una sensibilità unica,senza mai cadere nella banalità o nella volgarità ,o moralismo o pietismo che sia. Con quel suo modo elegante e chiaro di scrivere e di esprimere anche i concetti più sottili,ci aiuta a sviscerare e affrontare di volta in volta ,in ogni sua opera,temi sempre difficili da trattare. Per me un'autrice unica.

  • Jane
    2019-01-28 05:03

    This volume consists of three novellas which express the human condition. All are set in the late Renaissance.The first: "An obscure man" concerns a Dutch boy, Nathanael, who lives in England with his family. After he thinks he's murdered someone, he runs off to sea. We see him living in New France after he's been shipwrecked there.. After four years he returns as a man to England where all is changed from before; to Holland; and finally to Friesia. The writing is beautiful and evocative. Mme. Yourcenar expresses this man's inner life superbly. Her descriptions are poetic. This is the longest, and perhaps most important of the three novellas.The second: "A lovely morning" concerns Nathanael's son, Lazarus, a few years later. Trained as an actor, the boy runs off on "a lovely morning" with a troupe of travelling players. He is hoping to play Shakespeare's Rosalind. Straight narrative, this is a character study of the boy. The third: "Anna, soror..." concerns Anna, daughter of a Spanish nobleman, the Governor of Naples. It also concerns her brother, Miguel, and follows the lives and emotions of all three. Mme. Yourcenar's descriptions placed me right in the palaces and convents of Renaissance Italy and Europe; they were gorgeous and sensuous. I really liked these beautiful classic stories. I feel Nathanael is as well-drawn as Hadrian in Memoirs of Hadrian. Highly recommended for all who love atmospheric stories in times gone by.

  • Debra
    2019-02-06 02:06

    Three short novellas, each told with a quiet, masterful voice. An Obscure Man tells of the life of a 17th century Dutchman, with a compelling attention to detail and a perfect counterpart to Marta Morazzoni's Girl In A Turban.

  • W.B.
    2019-01-28 06:10

    This is a classic. Ineffably beautiful. An unfilmable movie.

  • Rita
    2019-02-23 02:10

    Tive de me esforçar por vezes para acabar este livro, mas foi ficando melhor. A primeira história achei-a tão chata que quase parei por aí. Depois comecei a desfolhar o resto e como reparei que a 3ª e última história era pequena, arrisquei a lê-la para ver se seria melhor. Dessa gostei, e por isso ataquei a secção do meio. Nunca tinha experimentado ler assim um livro destes fora de ordem, e claro que rapidamente me apercebi que a ordem tinha uma lógica, as histórias não eram assim tão isoladas quanto inicialmente pareciam, mas não foi grave. No geral, fiquei contente de ter acabado o livro, mas apesar de alguma passagens verdadeiramente belas, não correria a recomendá-lo.

  • _incubus
    2019-02-19 05:59

    dunque dunque.. ammetto di averci messo una vita a leggere un libro così piccolino. Il primo racconto non mi è dispiaciuto, un po' angosciante perchè comunque fin dall'inizio si capisce che un amore così non potrà che finire male ma comunque piacevole. Il secondo mi ha sfinito, davvero non che sia male però tutte quelle riflessioni del protagonista sono stancanti. Il terzo racconto è quello che mi è piaciuto di più; Lazzaro è adorabile ed ho amato le parti in cui non è più se stesso ma mille altre persone, tanto quanto il primo racconto è stato triste questo riesce ad accendere mille sogni, davvero molto molto carino!

  • Paula M.
    2019-02-21 03:16

    Yourcenar é exímia a recriar épocas e ambientes. Os três contos integrados neste livro provam isso mesmo, apesar de os ter escrito ainda jovem. Para quem nunca leu uma obra de Yourcenar este livro pode servir de introdução às suas obras maiores.

  • Stephen Brody
    2019-02-10 05:19

    5 for An Obscure Man for proving that the most beautiful things are the simplest. The other two stories less satisfactory because more feverish. A really lovely collection all the same, as a foretaste of the great masterpieces Yourcenar had yet to write

  • Aaron Gallardo
    2019-01-28 07:14

    Este libro jamás se acabará.

  • Croft
    2019-02-23 00:11

    One of the stories in this book was so achingly beautiful that I was depressed for an entire week after reading it.

  • Manuel Sánchez
    2019-02-09 07:20

    I read this in 2012

  • Ludmirska
    2019-01-24 00:01

    english translation is better than russian one.

  • Catherine
    2019-01-31 05:21


  • Art
    2019-01-27 06:13

    The stories take place in the 17th century. I liked the characters' individuality and thier motivations were very convincing. These are very nice stories.

  • Eduardo
    2019-02-19 08:06

    Não é das minhas autoras de eleição, nem devo ler outros livros dela, mas gostei bastante da narrativa, principalmente das 2ª e 3ª histórias deste livro.

  • Mara
    2019-01-29 04:02

    Tre racconti affascinanti

  • Bleak Mouse
    2019-02-19 04:12

    Another title unwebbed from dusty shelves.Perfectly splendid fictions which perfectly inhabit their historical worlds.