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His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.

His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature. In this book said by the author to be a “drowned novel”Magris tracks the course of claudii Danube from its sources to the sea.

Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new.

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

His breakthrough was Danubiowhich is a magnum opus. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure. And yet, somehow, it spoke magros to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born.

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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: 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.

Show 25 25 50 All. His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth.

Ignorance always summons greater ignorance in its defence. Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris flails the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: In another 30 years we will find the same words and yet another book, fresh revelations divining a different world, a river that never ends, forever lighting out for the mythical territory of freedom.

In these absurd convulsions of national identity, the complexity of humanity counted for little. 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.


Order by newest oldest recommendations. 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 Austro-Hungarian empire. 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.

For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states. What then is the price of our soul? But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it.

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. Records and reports, as well as the testimony of travellers, show Rojesko toiling away tirelessly and courageously to prevent and forestall contagion, to help the refugees, to find them food and shelter, provide them with medicines and work.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabolaDanubioStadelmannUn altro mareand Microcosmi Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots.

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Danube was originally published in Italian maristhe same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: For he is as sympathetic, say, to donu 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. In being as sympathetic to the fate of Jews of Cllaudio 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.

The modern novel may be said have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there. After the war, the Italian side of the border was cleansed of its Slovenian past, while the Yugoslav now Slovene and Croat side was cleansed of its Italian. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. dnau


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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.

And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: Loading comments… Trouble loading? Still, to reread this book is a shock. 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 claudii isolating Soviet rule, terra incognita to many in the west.

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 is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to Danube is at once a doau, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds.

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. These meditations on places and moments of history, are studded with startling vignettes about writers. The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The mode of Danubeas befits a river book, is digressive and rambling. Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: Writing at a donu 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.

This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered. Magris graduated from the University of Turinwhere he studied German studiesand has been a professor of modern German literature cclaudio the University of Trieste since Danube is at one ronau a medley of many famous and amgris 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.

He has written essays on E.