The Abyss: A Novel by MARGUERITE YOURCENARThe Abyss: A Novel by MARGUERITE YOURCENAR

The Abyss: A Novel

byMARGUERITE YOURCENARTranslated byGrace Frick

Paperback | August 1, 1981

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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.

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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Title:The Abyss: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:600 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.85 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:August 1, 1981Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374516669

ISBN - 13:9780374516666

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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