The Abyss

A Novel

Marguerite Yourcenar; Translated by Grace Frick

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Marguerite Yourcenar instantly assumes command of our imagination in her novel The Abyss. Almost before we know it the author establishes a scene and time, and engages us in the fate of two cousins.

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"Marguerite Yourcenar instantly assumes command of our imagination in her novel The Abyss. Almost before we know it, the author establishes a scene (a road in northern France) and time (the second quarter of the sixteenth century), and engages us in the fate of two cousins. The younger, sixteen-year-old Henry Maximilian, has set out to become a soldier and poet; the elder, twenty-two-year-old Zeno, has left a seminary to make himself an alchemist-philosopher. The book reads as if an old map--decorated with walled cities, boats on rivers, castles, people, and animals--had come alive . . . As rich as a tapestry."--Naomi Bliven, The New Yorker

"A brilliant tapestry of Western Europe in the Middle Ages, as sharply detailed as a Brueghel."--Michael Kernan, The Washington Post

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Marguerite Yourcenar; Translated by Grace Frick

Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-87) wrote stories, plays, poems, and novels, notably Memoirs of Hadrian. She was the first woman to be elected to the Academie Francaise.

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The Abyss
A Novel
Marguerite Yourcenar; Translated by Grace Frick

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 1981
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374516666
ISBN10: 0374516669
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 600 pages
$29.00
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