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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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Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And there comes a clauio in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: Loading comments… Trouble loading? He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers. Magris graduated from the University of Turinwhere he studied German studiesand has been a professor of modern German literature at the University of Trieste since Still, to reread this book is a shock.

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Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. The modern novel may be said have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, claydio Show 25 25 50 All.

Our future will depend in part on our ability to prevent the priming of this time-bomb of hatred, and the possibility that new Battles of Vienna will transform brothers mgaris foreigners and enemies.

It happily mixed high literature with stories of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure.


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.

It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral. Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul — by which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us. The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world.

It is as if you are overhearing Magris in conversation in the Trieste cafe where he writes, traversing high and low, jokes and gravity, gossip and erudition, wonder and laughter, all in a flow that manages to be charming and fascinating at once.


It became both a city of contested identities — Italian, Slovenian, Friulian, German, and, for a time, Yugoslav — as well of ideologies — imperialism, nationalism, fascism, communism and Titoism. T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance.

Why Claudio Magris’s Danube is a timely elegy for lost Europe

Retrieved from ” https: Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots. His breakthrough was Danubiowhich is a magnum opus. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. Written during the final efflorescence of the cold war — when, as we now know, the world came the closest it has ever been to a nuclear war — the countries of what was then called eastern Europe had become, after four decades of isolating Soviet rule, terra incognita to many in the west.

What seemed to me — when I first read it in the early 90s — a charming, erudite celebration of literature and place, now, 30 years after its original publication, emerges as something more poignant and powerful: Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: And yet, somehow, it spoke powerfully to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born.


What then is the price of our soul? The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Variously ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and Venetians, Trieste flourished from the 18th century when the Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa made it the port for the great multinational Viennese empire. In this book said by the author to be a “drowned novel”Magris tracks the course of the Danube from its sources to the sea. Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away.

It only sends its Nibelungen to the east to get them massacred by the hordes of Attila. Danube was originally published in Italian inthe same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: Zbigniew Herbert W.