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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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Claudio Magris. This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers.

The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. What then is the price of our soul? 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds. 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: 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.

Danube is at one level a medley of many famous and — to the Anglophone reader — not so famous writers, and thereafter many writers even forgotten in their own cultures, and after them the writers of cultures themselves forgotten even in the places of which they wrote.


Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of vanishing. In an age when razor wire is once more being run across the borders of Europe, Danube seems not only an important but a strangely timely book.

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

My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men.

Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away. Order by newest oldest recommendations. His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabolaDanubio claudjo, StadelmannUn altro mareand Microcosmi 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.

I have nothing more to seek for, there. Mgris 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. His breakthrough was Danubiowhich is a magnum opus.

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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. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure. In another 30 years we will find the same words and yet another claudko, fresh revelations divining a different world, a river that never ends, forever lighting out for the mythical territory of freedom.

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. T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. 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: His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it.


He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers.

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

Claudio Magris – Wikipedia

Recipients of the Strega Prize. Show 25 25 50 All. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. 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 donnau and the corpses arriving on ships laden with Circassians suffering from typhus.