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Marguerite Yourcenar's HadrianRead about another emperor on the list.
Memoirs of Hadrian is written in the form of a letter from the ageing Hadrian to his designated successor, the teenage Marcus Aurelius. Looking back over his life he lets us into his sensual secrets – his love for the Bithynian youth Antinous – and the price an intelligent man has to pay for wielding power.
Memoirs of Hadrian is one of Teju Cole's top 10 novels of solitude.