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By Marguerite Yourcenar

ISBN-10: 0226965309

ISBN-13: 9780226965307

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Published to nice acclaim in France in 1993, this assortment is not just a satisfaction for Marguerite Yourcenar enthusiasts yet a welcome port of access for any reader now not but conversant in the author's lengthier, extra challenging works. the only real released paintings of fiction by way of Yourcenar but to be translated into English, this assortment contains 3 tales written among 1927 and 1930 whilst the writer used to be in her mid-twenties. those tales conceal quite a number subject matters, from an allegory on greed and a scene from the struggle of the sexes, to a witchhunt that obsessively creates its personal quarry.

For the committed readers of Yourcenar, this assortment permits an extraordinary glimpse on the beginnings of a writer's craft. In those comprehensive yet forgotten items, edited and brought by way of her biographer, Josyane Savigneau, the reader will locate the combination of delusion and fairy story of Oriental stories, the mental chronicle of pricey Departed, the ironic realism of A Coin in 9 palms. learn as an creation to Yourcenar's paintings, the tales take us into the writer's workshop, because it have been, to the early days of production. In both case, A Blue story and different tales contains the unmistakable voice of a powerful and enormously gifted writer.

Marguerite Yourcenar (her pseudonym was once an anagram of her relatives identify, Crayencour) used to be born in Brussels in 1903 and died in Maine in 1987. the most revered writers within the French language, she is better often called the writer of the best-selling Memoirs of Hadrian and The Abyss. She was once offered many literary honors, so much particularly election to the Académie Francaise in 1980, the 1st lady to be so honored.

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Written among 1927 and 1930, whilst Yourcenar (1903-1987) was once in her mid-20s, those 3 beautiful tales prefigure the Belgian-born French novelist's mature dramatic powers. within the identify piece, Yourcenar describes the exterior global in myriad colors of blue. Unfolding like a folktale, this tonal test matters a band of seafaring eu retailers (Dutch, Irish, Greek, Castilian) who search a cave choked with sapphires, aided through a deaf-mute lady slave with blue-black hair. She is abducted by means of the grasping Greek service provider (her tears flip to aquamarines), then stripped and lashed to the mast through the ship's staff, yet this act of violation indications the mariners' undoing. Male vanity and misogyny additionally underlie "The First Evening," which used to be written through Yourcenar's father, Michel de Crayencour, then revised and accomplished by way of her in a curious collaboration. Honeymooning together with his new spouse, a guy resents receiving the inside track that his ex-mistress has thrown herself less than a bus. In "The Evil Spell," set in a Mediterranean village, an Italian peasant lady loss of life of tuberculosis, doubtless inflicted through a jealous rival's magic curse, is aided by way of a male healer's spell-breaking rituals. In sensual but specified prose, Yourcenar probes the workings of greed, religion, credulity and empathy in human relationships.

From Library Journal
Discovered between Yourcenar's papers after her demise in 1987, the 3 tales during this slender quantity have been written from 1927 and 1930, while the writer was once in her mid-twenties, and are a startling fulfillment. They exhibit her preoccupation with storytelling tools she later built in her novels?reworking of oral traditions and an incandescent aspect of view?as good as a fascination with the delusion and the occult. simply "A Blue Tale," instructed fullyyt in timbres of blue, has now not been released. "An Evil Spell" issues a tender Italian peasant who confesses to sorcery out of worry but reveals a brand new strength within the terror she now conjures up. "The First Evening" is the main compelling of the 3 stories: On his marriage ceremony evening, a bridegroom displays on his new ownership then gets realize that his ex-mistress has been struck by means of a bus. the tale, created via Yourcenar's father as a tender guy and transformed by way of the daughter, finds the chilly, convinced eye of a author past her years. an excellent creation to Yourcenar's paintings; for literature collections.?Amy Boaz, "Library Journal"

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They loved one another, or at least they thought they did, but their loves, so different from one another, only helped them understand how little they had in common. She was confident, almost happy, yet scared of the new life that was about to begin, which would turn her into a different woman, a woman she was surprised not to know and was at­ tempting to imagine, like a stranger to whom she must henceforth become accustomed. He, more expe­ rienced, was all too conscious of the fragility of the emotion that had driven him toward this girl, destined to become banal when she became a woman.

The Greek merchant offered her his talismans: she refused them like a woman who has everything, but with the smile of a woman in despair; the Dutch merchant handed her a pouchful of jewels, but she curtseyed, spreading her ragged dress with both hands, and they could not tell whether she thought herself too poor or too rich for such splendors. She raised the latch of a door with a blade of grass, and they found themselves inside a round courtyard like the bottom of a pail, full to the brim with the cold morning light.

He was enraged at the thought that her tears might have been false; that The First Evening perhaps she had wanted him to break with her, had been lying in wait for weeks, hoping for an opportu­ nity to leave him. He realized that he had to forget her by every possible means for a few hours, and with a violent effort he cast her away. He answered: “ Don’t worry. Tomorrow you’ll certainly find a letter from your mother waiting for you at the Grand Hotel. ” And he exaggerated the affection he felt for his mother-in-law.

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