[Reading] ➿ Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants By Mathias Énard – Writerscompany.co.uk

Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants Michelangelo never traveled to Constantinople, but author and scholar Mathias nard imagines that he did in the richly detailed novella Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants nard draws on the historically verified premise that Michelangelo was invited in 1506 to Constantinople by the Sultan Bayezid II, who wished to commission the design for a bridge over the Golden Horn, having already rejected a design proposed by Leonardo da Vinci Wishing to surpass his elder and seduced by promises of eternal glory, nard s Michelangelo makes the excursion, fleeing from Pope Julius II and an unfinished commission in Rome.What this slim book lacks in word count it makes up for in atmosphere lush and evocative, nard s writing propels the reader into the past with a tonal confidence and authority that blurs the line between fact and fiction and even after reading nard s note at the end, you would be forgiven for still not knowing which is which Even the physicality of the pages makes you feel like you re reading a historical document with sparse, short chapters, occasional sketches, and an abundance of blank space, nard easily earns his reader s trust and convincingly brings the past to life.While I imagine that nard is a tremendously gifted writer in French, Charlotte Ma En D Barquant Constantinople Le 13 Mai 1506, Michel Ange Sait Qu Il Brave La Puissance Et La Col Re De Jules II, Pape Guerrier Et Mauvais Payeur, Dont Il A Laiss En Chantier L Dification Du Tombeau, Rome Mais Comment Ne Pas R Pondre L Invitation Du Sultan Bajazet Qui Lui Propose Apr S Avoir Refus Les Plans De L Onard De Vinci, De Concevoir Un Pont Sur La Corne D Or Ainsi Commence Ce Roman, Tout En Fr Lements Historiques, Qui S Empare D Un Fait Exact Pour D Ployer Les Myst Res De Ce Voyage.Troublant Comme La Rencontre De L Homme De La Renaissance Avec Les Beaut S Du Monde Ottoman, Pr Cis Et Cisel Comme Une Pi Ce D Orf Vrerie, Ce Portrait De L Artiste Au Travail Est Aussi Une Fascinante R Flexion Sur L Acte De Cr Er Et Sur Le Symbole D Un Geste Inachev Vers L Autre Rive De La Civilisation.Car Travers La Chronique De Ces Quelques Semaines Oubli Es De L Histoire Mathias Enard Esquisse Une G Ographie Politique Dont Les H Sitations Sont Toujours Aussi Sensibles Cinq Si Cles Plus Tard. This probably deserves than the 3 star rating I have given it I came to view this as a quaint picturesque type endeavour, artistic feeling than plot Open any page and you will be well rewarded with some elegant and delicate prose, som 3.5 This historical novel presents East and West as equal, equivalent, and with at least as many similarities as differences for, as anyone who s encountered the Ottomans on an Early Modern Europe curriculum will know, that s pretty much how it was in the 16th century, before the Industrial Revolution, European colonialism and petropolitics It s a valuable perspective to show 21st century readers, but if you ve heard it plenty of times before since A Levels in the 1990s in my case , its presentation here doesn t make for the freshest historical fiction And not too many of those who could do with a new way of looking at the Muslim world will be picking up literary novellas, especially in translation from small presses In Mathias nard s work, the Mediterranean is a cultural and historical unit in which Southern Europe is strongly connected to the Near East and North Africa To an extent he follows his French compatriot, the historian Fernand Braudel, who wrote extensively about the Med, but nard s scholarship i Sava lar , Krallar ve Filleri Anlat ilgin bir k sa roman Aslen Frans z olan yazar Do u Dilleri Enstit s nde Arap a ve Fars a e itimi ald i in Do u k lt r ve tarihine ok hakim, bu nedenle ayr nt l inceleme yapma ans bulmu ve kendi ifadesine g re belgelere dayanarak kitab n yk s n yazm Roman nda Hali zerine bir k pr yapt rmak isteyen II Bayezid in davetini kabul ederek, Konstantinopolis e gelen nl helykeltra ve ressam Michelangelo nun stanbul da ge irdi i ay n hikayesini anlat yor Hikayenin do rulu u kesin olarak bilinmemekle birlikte hem belgelere dayanmas , hem de kurgusal olarak ok iyi olmas , bir de anlat c n n yazar n kendisi olmas gibi fakt rlere ba l olarak okuyucuya inand r c ve ger ek i gelmekte.Michelangelo nun hayat n n hi bilinmeyen bir d nemi hakk nda ger ek ve kurgu i i e Divan airi Mesihi ile ya ad platonik a k kitaba farkl bir boyut ta yor Bat Do u kar tl yazar n s kl kla vurgulad bir husus Sadece roman ok k s Carta e Projecto da Ponte de Leonardo da Vinci apresentado ao Sult o Bayazid II O livro Fala lhes de Batalhas, de Reis e de Elefantes foi escrito pelo franc s Mathias nard n 1972 , publicado originalmente em 2010 e recebeu o Pr mio Goncourt des Lyc ens 2010 e o Pr mio do Livro em Poitou Charentes 2011 O romance come a com Miguel ngelo a desembarcar no porto de Constantinopla actual Istambul Turquia , a 13 de Maio de 1506, a convite do Sult o Bayazid.Miguel ngelo est em lit gio com o papa J lio II e o convite mais n o do que uma fuga de Roma.Bayazid concede lhe a tarefa de projectar, desenhar e iniciar a constru o de uma ponte entre Constantinopla e Peras, o sub rbio setentrional , que atravesse uma zona denominada o Corno de Ouro.A singularidade desse pedido reside no facto de Leonardo da Vinci j ter desenhado a referida ponte e o Sult o Bayazid a ter liminarmente rejeitado Se aceitardes ireis ultrapass lo em gl ria, porque triunfareis onde ele fracassou e dareis ao mundo um monumento sem igual, como o vosso David com esta frase que Miguel ngelo definitivamente convencido, e tamb m pela rivalidade com o detest vel e vendido Leonardo da Vinci Assistirmos ao processo criativo do artista, que inicialmente n o tem qualquer ideia , interiorizando apenas que a ob Vom g si frumuse ea n b t lii groaznice, curajul, n la itatea oamenilor, totul va intra n legend. Beautifully written possible history of Michelangelo visiting the city of Constantinople in 1503 to design a bridge for the Sultan This story is pulled together from scant documents found in Ottoman archives regarding sketches Michelangelo drew of a bridge, which was never built I loved getting If I hadn t read some articles in the past such as Bridging the gap the east west divide in art , I d have entirely believed the central story of Mathias Enard s new novel It s true that Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were invited by Turkish rulers in Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn, but neither ever journeyed to this Eastern superpower However, Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants imagines Michelangelo travelling to work for the sultan in the summer of 1506 He s embittered by Pope Julius II failing to deliver timely payments for commissions and enlivened by the thought of surpassing the talent of his rival Leonardo da Vinci whose design was rejected During this stolen season, Michelangelo comes into contact with Muslim culture and people outside of his staunch Christian beliefs An encounter with a mesmerising androgynous dancer also prompts him to adopt a fluid attitude towards sexuality and gender It s a brilliantly told fantastical tale I m always impressed when an author knows the limits of a plot So it is with Mathias nard s Tell Them of Battles, Kings Elephants My New Directions Books edition ended after 141 pages of comfortably spaced lines Five or ten pages less, Tell Them of Battleswould have been too short five or ten pages , it would have been too long nard controls his plot throughout those 141 pages, and his discipline leads to a compelling if brief novel Tell Them of Battless strongpoint is nard s portrait of Michelangelo as a brilliant craftsman and artist, jealous of his famous and accomplished elder, burdened by expectations and money worries, and at his center a locked in, literally and figuratively frigid man, able to create beauty but not physically love beautyAlthough he loves this skin against his shoulder, the smooth shiver of foreign hair on his neck, its spicy perfume, the magic has stopped working Pleasure leaves him unmoved He would like to be opened up, so the passion inside could be set free He would fly

About the Author: Mathias Énard

French fiction author He mainly writes novels with Arabic themes At university he studied Arabic and Persian In 2000 he moved to Barcelona Spain , where he writes all his works.His first novel was La Perfection du tir, released in 2003 Two books were released before his first success, Zone, appeared in 2008 This book, written as a single sentence that continues along than 500 pages

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