The Abyss: A Novel

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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.

"Almost before you know it, the author establishes the scene (a road in northern France) and time (the second quarter of the 16th century), and engages us in the fate of two cousins..."--New York Times.

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Overview

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.

"Almost before you know it, the author establishes the scene (a road in northern France) and time (the second quarter of the 16th century), and engages us in the fate of two cousins..."--New York Times.

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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

Michael Kernan
"A brilliant tapestry of Western European and the middle ages, as hypo-detailed as a brueghel." -- The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374516666
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/28/1981
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 967,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Superb!

    I am an avid reader and I must say, this is the best novel I have ever read! I read about the author in The New Yorker and decided to try one of her books. The book is detailed but, unlike a lot of historical fiction, it moves along and does not get BOGGED DOWN in too much detail. I wanted to start from the begnning and read it again.

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