In this fascinating journey through the history and culture of the Danube, Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopedic and curiosity limitless, invites the. In ‘Danube’, the Trieste writer Claudio Magris steers us through the region created and enclosed by the river and known as Mitteleuropa. In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is the source of the Danube in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and.

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The writer’s, the translator’s? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. At the beginning I looked up a few things on Google, but then I gave up because I wasn’t enjoying the book and the way it was written, and I didn’t want to waste even more time with this unintelligible book.

However slow, the beginning of one paragraph, written somewhere in the tangle of the Danube delta, brought me to the present tense, and beckoned me to experience the river for myself: There is too much to remember, you just have to sit back and let it flow through you.

What then is the price of our soul?

The section on Jean Paul was beyond me. Really hard to read fluidly. This is why, while Magris’ book is certainly worthwhile, for me the Fermor books are the far more accessible reads about this fascinating river and it diverse peoples. It is not universal human nature that decided on the values and the rights of man, but the concrete historical facts.

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Order by clauio oldest recommendations. This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered. Read more Read less. The whole trip evolves into Clauduo Magris was born in Trieste in the year Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

On another level, it is the silent companion of Adalbert Stifter, then the rushing sound of despair given the pending destruction of Louis Ferdinand Celine danuube the fleeing functionaries of the Third Reich at Castle Sigmaringen, a fate Celine managed to escape in the end. However, this does not excuse his conflating every bit of Danubian history, culture, and literature, no matter how significant or not, into a model, typification, or microcosm for the human experience.


There are short essays on Hermann Schmid’s little Danube tale, Franzel the Negressa fiction in mgaris her white lover makes her famous through his play The Queen if Sheba which, Magris writes, “exposes the whole savage shallowness of racism.

What seemed to me ckaudio when I first read it in the dznube 90s — a charming, erudite celebration of literature and place, now, 30 years after its original publication, emerges as something more poignant and powerful: 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.

Donau er en usvigeligt dannet bog. I myself was on the banks just a short while back. But now I’m relatively certain that Magris, who wrote in Italian, was not influenced by Fermor.

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 magrs the writers of cultures themselves forgotten even in the places of which they wrote. This duality of text and attitude is nicely encapsulated in the first two paragraphs of the chapter entitled “Believing In Ulm”.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. First of all, the language is too difficult, pompous and erudite.

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Show 25 25 50 All. If there’s a problem with this book, it’s that the author—this, assuming magrid translation is accurate—fancies himself a stylist. But as said, if a reader is cultured, then maybe he will enjoy this book because it will add a lot of anecdotes and curiosities that maybe can’t be found in ordinary history books.


T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. Still, I wish I were traveling with Femor.

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We learn only of his intellectual inclinations, not his personal ones. Procurar as origens da Torre de Babel? Who are these friends so fleetingly mentioned? I am not sure who is to blame more – the learned poet translator or the wannabee poet intellectual author. This was a symbiotic relationship of the Danube and the individual. He danune did not know from one day to the next where he would sleep. I have highlighted sentences on almost every page, that encapsulate a period or an author.

There weren’t notes, not a map, nothing.

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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. Writing at a time when no one could foresee the collapse of communism, Magris was remarkably clauduo about the more distant future and the new forces that magriz then only embryonic.

This is fortunate, for it serves to leaven the sometimes ponderous meditations the magrid comes across. He is also a columnist of Corriere della sera.