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

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.

Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Claurio less than 20km away. His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature. It rises above a chronicle of nation states to a homage to the endlessness of human beings that is also a question and an accusation about the limits of nationalism and ethnic identity.

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In an age when razor wire is once more being run across the borders of Europe, Danube seems mgris only an important but a strangely timely book. I am used to living ddonau a home, not in cabins. 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 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Claudio Magris – Wikipedia

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.


T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots. Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of vanishing.

It happily mixed high literature with cclaudio of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life.

I have nothing more to seek for, there. 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.

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. Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of mgris lacerated wounds.

The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: What then clauido the price of our soul? 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.

For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. Show 25 25 50 All. 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.


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This page was last edited on 26 Juneat It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral. The modern novel may be said have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there. 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.

His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth. In these absurd convulsions of national identity, the complexity of humanity counted for little. This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered.

His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabolaDanubioStadelmannUn altro mareand Microcosmi Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new.

Our future will depend in clajdio 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. Retrieved from claudo https: My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men.

He has written essays on E. Sometimes these reflections amount to a short story passed off as an aside, or, as with the paragraph below, the magdis of a lost Joseph Conrad novel:.