By Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Marcom describes her most up-to-date novel, A short heritage of Yes—her first on the grounds that 2008's scathing and erotic The replicate within the Well—as a "literary fado," bearing on a method of Portuguese song that, resembling the yankee blues, is frequently melancholic and soulful, and encapsulates the sensation of what the Portuguese name saudade—meaning, loosely, craving and nostalgia for whatever or somebody irrepreably misplaced. A short background of Yes tells the tale of the break-up among a Portuguese girl named Maria and an unnamed American guy: it's a collage-like, fragmentary novel whose shape captures the workings of allure and grief, proving once more that American letters has no higher poet of affection and loss than Micheline Aharonian Marcom.
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The authors who had been 61 Max Bonnet, Le LatIn de Crigoire de Tours, 1 8 9 1 . Pelagonius (4th century) translated a Greek veterinary work in 35 chapters; SS! 1 29. 63 Soranus of Ephesus wrote under Trajan or Hadrian; several of his works exist only in Latin versions. D. J. 206) in 1 606 ; on the work and its relation to Hippolytus, see F. Jacoby, RE vi 1 566f. ( Criechische Historiker, 1 956, 1 57f. ) . 6 5 The Aratus Latinus is a seventh-century Latin version of Aratus ' Phaenomena in barbarous Latin, not to be confused with the renderings of the same work by Cicero, Germanicus and Avienus.
75- 1 60) . so . History cif Classical Scholarship 13 h e was only a compiler; but in that capacity he surpassed both his Greek-speaking and his Latin-speaking contemporaries. Thereafter the Latin effort diminished in this department also, for the archaism which set in there too diverted attention from the classics without producing anything of permanent value by way of imitation, and even failed to preserve Lucilius and Ennius. Things rapidly deteriorated, and before long falling sta ndards of culture compelled education to concentrate on the preservation of the literary language.
Tulli Ciceronis in L. Pisonem Oratio, Oxford, 1 960, xxv. CL Kenney 1 8 and Pfeiffer ii 32. 43. 99 Leonardo Bruni ( 1 369- 1 444) : Sandys ii 45; Pfeiffer, HCS ii 27. ) . 24 History tif Classical Scholarship Constantinople that Guarino da Verona l oo learnt the Greek which he later passed on so successfully to his pupils. Two young humanists, Francesco Filelfo and J ohannes Aurispa, l o l who had gone in search of manuscripts came home with an exceptionally rich haul. Aurispa in particular unearthed a cache of the most ancient manuscripts - where, unfortunately, is not known - and thereby preserved for posterity the works of authors such as Athenaeus whom the Byzantines had lost sight of centuries before.
A Brief History of Yes by Micheline Aharonian Marcom