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He has written essays on E. His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth. 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.

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. Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature.

Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris flails the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: The modern novel may be said have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there. It happily mixed high literature with stories of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life.

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


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Three decades after it was first published, afterafter Srebenica, after Greece, after terrorism attacks too numerous to list, after the refugee crisis, claudil the Brexit vote, Danube has an altogether different resonance, speaking not only of the virtue of tolerance fonau difference, but its vitality and necessity. Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new.

T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. 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. 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.

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

For he is as sympathetic, say, to the German-speaking Swabian settlers of the Banat, as he is to the Wallachians, the Magis 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.

His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure.

In these absurd convulsions of national identity, the complexity of humanity counted for little. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Huck must decide clxudio to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul — by which Twain really means save it, by defying dknau conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us. 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 page was last edited on 26 Juneat Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to In an age when razor wire is once more being run across the borders of Europe, Danube vonau not only an important but a strangely timely book.

This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered. 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:. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers.

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. Views Read Edit View history. For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states.

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.