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 graduated from the University of Turinwhere he studied German studiesand has been a professor of modern German literature at the University of Trieste since Ignorance always summons greater ignorance in its defence. It is as if you are overhearing Magris mzgris 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.

This page was last edited on 26 Juneat It only sends its Nibelungen to the east to get cllaudio massacred by the hordes of Attila. Still, to reread this book is a shock. Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul — magirs which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us.

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These meditations on places and moments of history, are studded with startling vignettes about writers. 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.

It is a word torn from wordlessness … the gesture of one who puts an end to a tradition and at the same time erases himself Zbigniew Herbert W. 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 the past are so deeply etched. Retrieved from ” https: 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.


What then is the price of our soul? My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men. Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom.

It happily mixed high literature with stories of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life. Recipients of the Strega Prize. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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

Sometimes these reflections amount to a short story passed off as an aside, or, as with the paragraph below, the beginning of a lost Joseph Conrad novel:. His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature.

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.

But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it. The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world.



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Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds. For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states. 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. In this book said by the author to be a “drowned novel”Magris tracks the course of the Msgris from its sources to the sea. It became both a city of contested identities — Italian, Slovenian, Friulian, German, and, for a time, Yugoslav — as well of ideologies — imperialism, caudio, fascism, communism and Titoism.

And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers.

Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. He has written essays on E. 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 into foreigners and enemies. The modern novel may be said have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there.

Danube was originally published in Italian inthe same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance.

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The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. And yet, somehow, it spoke powerfully to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born.

Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away.