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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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His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. For he is as sympathetic, say, to the 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.

His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away.

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 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. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth.

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.

Still, to reread this book is a shock. Variously magrs 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabolaDanubioStadelmannUn altro mareand Microcosmi This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered.

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The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom. 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.

Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new. The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world.

The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European 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.

T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. Loading comments… Trouble loading? It 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.

Claudio Magris

But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. It happily mixed high literature with stories of friendship, family history and the ironies of everyday life. In these absurd clqudio of national identity, the complexity of humanity counted for little.


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.

He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers. It only sends its Nibelungen to the doonau to get them massacred by the hordes of Attila. The modern novel may be magrjs have begun in Trieste with James Joyce writing Ulysses there.

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Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots. He has written essays on E. Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of vanishing. Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris donzu the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: 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.

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.