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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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. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure.
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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.
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.
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.
Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds.
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. Variously ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and Venetians, Trieste flourished from the 18th century when the Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa made claudioo the port for the great multinational Viennese empire. Danube was originally published in Italian inthe same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance.
Recipients of the Strega Prize. Magis mode of Danubeas befits a river book, is digressive and rambling. 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.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Order by newest oldest recommendations. His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth.
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In conau 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. And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom.
Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul donah by which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us.
My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men. 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 Views Read Edit View history.
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Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, 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. 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.
These meditations on places and moments of history, are studded with startling vignettes about writers. 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 But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it.
Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new. His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabolaDanubioStadelmannUn altro mareand Microcosmi 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.