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The author of the book: Marguerite Yourcenar
Edition: Dom Quixote
Date of issue: April 2009
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Um romance histórico. Um grande clássico. Uma obra-prima.
A Obra ao Negro é a história de uma dissolução: a da ordem de valores que a Idade Média chegou a admitir como incontestáveis, mas que, mercê de quase imperceptíveis alterações, acabaram por perder o seu sentido, abrindo-se à metamorfose.
Uma personagem, Zenão, concentra em si o desejo de mudança, a vontade de alcançar, num mundo conturbado por conflitos vários, a liberdade de pensar e conceber.
E só um grande escritor poderia acompanhar, de forma simultaneamente tão minuciosa e bela, os contornos dessa personalidade, ao longo do doloroso caminho que a leva a enfrentar e a assumir a própria morte. Acaso se verificará então, nesse decisivo instante, uma das máximas possibilidades da Grande Obra alquímica, o opus nigrum, a tentativa de calcinar as formas para permitir a erupção de novo.
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Read information about the authorThe first woman to be elected to The French Academy, the multi talented personality of Marguerite Yourcenar was a novelist, essayist, playwright, short story writer, poet and translator. She was an artist at reconstructing historical eras in the form of her novels. Her novels, dealing with modern issues set in historical eras won her immense fame as a writer.
The inheritance Yourcenar received after the death of his father, allowed her to devote herself to traveling and literary pursuits and love affairs on the Paris artistic scene. She joined a bohemian crowd of artists, moving between Paris, Lausanne, Athens, Istanbul, Brussels and the Greek islands, which inspired her travel writing "Nouvelles Orientales" and "Feux" based on Greek mythology.
Yourcenar was among the first female writers to live an openly lesbian lifestyle, and she moved to the USA in 1939 to live with her partner Grace Frick. The couple were to remain together until Frick’s death in 1979. She taught French History and History of Art, and continued to write: her novel "Mémoires d’Hadrien" was published in 1951 and enjoyed success with both the critics and the public worldwide.
She was an inveterate traveller and remained active right up to her death in 1987. She was a militant vegetarian and defender of the rights of animals and inspired Brigitte Bardot to set up her animal sanctuary.
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