One of Alameddine's six favorite novels, as shared at The Week magazine:
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite YourcenarRead about the other entries on the list.
The ultimate magic act, this novel is so impeccably rendered that one can't believe it's fiction. A historical record, a novel of government and power, a love story; it is all that and more.
Memoirs of Hadrian is among John Mullan's ten best emperors in literature and Teju Cole's top 10 novels of solitude.