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Nouvelles orientales
Marguerite Yourcenar
publisher: , 1938

translated as:
Oriental Tales
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1986
translation: Alberto Manguel

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This collection first appeared in France in 1938 under the title Nouvelles Orientales; this is its first appearance in English. These ten short stories deal with strange or supernatural legends. Four are retellings of authentic fables. Several are Yourcenar's own creations. The remainder are based loosely on legends and ballads. All are haunting and vividly told tales which raise fascinating questions about human nature and its response to life and death. (from: Library Journal)

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ON MARGUERITE YOURCENAR'S BOOKSHELF

'In Search of Lost Time'
Marcel Proust, 1913-1927

The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, 1924

Death in Venice
Thomas Mann, 1911

The Immoralist
André Gide, 1904

Historia Augusta
Multiple authorship? Single authorship?, late 3rd, early 4th century? late 4th century?

BOOKS BY MARGUERITE YOURCENAR:

Memoirs of Hadrian
1951
Hadrian, approaching death, writes a long valedictory letter to the young Marcus Aurelius, next-but-one in the line of succession. Hadrian describes his accession and explains the philosophy that informed his rule over the powerful and far-flung Empire.
WHAT TO READ AFTER MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN?

CLASSICS ABOUT THE 'CLASSICAL'
Salammbo
Gustave Flaubert, 1862

Ancient Evenings
Norman Mailer, 1983

[Iskander: de roman van Alexander den Groote]
Louis Couperus, 1920

LOOKING BACK ON A FULL LIFE
Creation
Gore Vidal, 1981

God Knows
Joseph Heller, 1983

The Double Tongue
William Golding, 1995

WHEN IN ROME...
[De nadagen van Pilatus]
S. Vestdijk, 1938

The Kingdom of the Wicked
Anthony Burgess, 1985

The Death of Virgil
Hermann Broch, 1945

I, Claudius
Robert Graves, 1934

The Ides of March
Thornton Wilder, 1948

[Terentia]
Adelheid van Beuningen, 1999

Alexis
1929

A Coin in Nine Hands
1934
Set in Rome in 1933, the central tale of this book tells of a failed attempt to assassinate Mussolini. Around it are woven the stories of nine characters, drawing a series of portraits of Roman life, and revealing the influence of the dictator.
Oriental Tales
1938
Philosophical retellings of Chinese, Japanese and Indian fables.
Coup de grâce


The Abyss
1968
The life of an imaginary physician, Zeno of Bruges, this novel reflects Yourcenar's fascination with the occult.
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