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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It would have been so simple to tweet the succession. I particularly appreciated the reconstruction of the Miller-Urey experiment of But I have a level of respect for the author and his work, and I think to those who are dannube in tuned to culture and history, this would be a really good read.

There was a problem filtering reviews right danueb. This book by the German philologist Magris published in may be a guide for the independent traveller who is in touch with natural sciences. The river and its banks are much more visibly present in his books due to his gift for rich descriptive writing. This is an amazing compendium of history, literary criticism, travelogue, and meditation on twentieth century European crises.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. English Choose a language for shopping. 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.

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 is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy. Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris flails the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The quest of Magris along the river does appear solipsistic–but that isn’t a complaint.


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This is particularly disappointing in that this is one of the very reasons I picked up this book – I’m always looking for interesting novelists outside the classical European literary canon. And yet, somehow, it spoke powerfully to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born.

No descriptions of the geography or landscape. Certain mqgris are frankly comical, as the reader is swept from a relatively mundane description of a forgotten Wallachian or Lipovenian poet’s career into an overarching commentary on the nature of life, or death, or both.

Claudio Magris is a scholar, translator, and writer. 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.

Magris is a critic and his assessment of cultural phenomenon along the river’s course is often excellent, especially when he deigns to tell the reader what he’s writing about. One gets from Fermor a sense of the river’s every turning, the vast changes in its topography as it moves more than km to its delta in the Black Sea. 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 Daanube, in present-day Serbia along with the long-lost Spanish settlers who in founded a New Barcelona in the town of Becskerek.

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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: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea by Claudio Magris

He graduated from the University of Turin, where he studied German studies, and has been a professor of modern German literature at the University of Trieste since Not your typical travelogue but a voyage down the Danube through literature, history and culture by an erudite commentator.

Goethe, Holderlin, Nietzsche, Hofmannsthal. John Florio Prize for Patrick Creagh The author also mentions characters from the Iliad and Odyssey or other books, thinking that everyone has read them and knows what he is talking about. It only sends its Nibelungen to the east to get them massacred by the hordes of Attila. What do they preclude, what jingoism is evoked?

Great for reading slowly one by one. Dec 30, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: Granted, the comments are wedged in among reflections on the ethnic tides and military alliances since Roman times, but it hangs over his encounters and colors his comments on contemporary literature. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. HE revels in it along with his bootiful Italian companions.

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

The section on Jean Paul was beyond me. Did I enjoy reading it most of the time?

I am not in a place for its prose.