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Donau by Claudio Magris, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Buy Donau by Claudio Magris, Barbro Andersson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In ‘Danube’, the Trieste writer Claudio Magris steers us through the region created and enclosed by the river and known as Mitteleuropa.

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It happily mixed high literature with stories of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life. Writing at a time when no one could foresee the collapse of communism, Magris was remarkably prescient about the more distant future and the new forces that were then only embryonic.

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For he is as sympathetic, say, to the German-speaking Swabian settlers of the Banat, as he is to the Wallachians, the Bulgars and the other dozen nations who made up what became Vojvodina, in present-day Serbia along with the long-lost Spanish settlers who in founded a New Barcelona in the town of Becskerek. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure. A book with such a generous canvas as Danube could, perhaps, only have been written by one from a place where the ironies of life, place and clzudio past are so magriw etched.

His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth. xlaudio

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds. Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of vanishing.

Magris graduated from the University of Turinwhere he studied German studiesand has been a professor of claudik German literature at the University of Trieste since The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history.


And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. In a not irrelevant detail, Magris was born and lives in Trieste, a town possessed of the autumnal melancholy that descends upon boomtowns of other eras; a place enshrouded in its decline by a dream of a long-ago cosmopolitan world, the multifaith, multilingual, multinational Maris empire.

Claudio Magris

His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature. His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral.

Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris donnau the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: In that little town there was an agency of the Imperial Steam Navigation Company of the Danube, under the direction of Agent Rojesko, who for weeks on end opened none of his windows overlooking the river, to keep the house free from the stench of the sick and the corpses arriving on ships laden with Circassians suffering from typhus.

The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, maggis Lom. Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new. Still, to reread this book is a shock. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

What then is the price of our soul? Recipients of the Strega Prize.

Danube was originally published in Italian inthe same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: Three decades after it was first published, afterafter Srebenica, after Greece, after terrorism attacks too numerous to list, after the refugee crisis, after the Brexit vote, Danube has an altogether different resonance, speaking not only of the virtue of tolerance of difference, but its vitality and necessity.

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Thus the one-time avant-garde Hungarian-language poet Robert Reiter is rediscovered many decades later as the conservative German-language poet Franz Liebhard, who now writes in the Swabian dialect of the vanishing German-Romanian minority. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world.

I am used to living in a home, not in cabins.

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This mashup donsu such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. In being as sympathetic to the fate of Jews of Bukovina as it was to the destiny of the Sudeten Deutsch it was also honest in its depiction of the horrors and costs of the reduced ideas of ethnic nationalism that were to increasingly define Europe in the succeeding decades, as neighbour once more turned on neighbour in the Balkans in the s, and the hope of the revolutions of gave way to the increasing repressive, authoritarian politics of countries such as Hungary and Poland.

Variously ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and Venetians, Trieste flourished from the 18th century when clausio Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa made it the port for the great multinational Viennese empire. The mode of Danubeas befits a river book, is digressive and rambling.