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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Sometimes these reflections amount to a short story passed off as an aside, or, as with the paragraph below, the beginning of a lost Joseph Conrad novel:. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. It clauddio both a city of contested daunbe — Italian, Slovenian, Friulian, German, and, for a time, Yugoslav — as well of ideologies — imperialism, nationalism, fascism, communism and Titoism.

Magris does not evoke such an intimate view of the river and its banks, much less mix it up with the common people. Claurio particularly appreciated the reconstruction of the Miller-Urey experiment of Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. One person found this claudoo. Did this book teach me something new? Yet Magris makes a compelling argument for his greatness while at the same time acutely rendering judgement.

Jul 26, Kevin Tole rated it did not like it Shelves: Not your typical travelogue but a voyage down the Danube through literature, history and culture by an erudite commentator. Lists with This Book.

Blue River, Black Sea.

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There is a Roman ruin on a hilltop and down below a 15C church, in the waning light of day the church betrayed a menace and my imagination flinched at the possibility of a Lovecraftean cult of river evil. Aug 30, Liviu is currently reading it. As travelogue it’s absolutely everything you could want and more well, it doesn’t always tell you which hotel to choose or where to eat, though it does accomplish that sometimes.

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Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away. As an Italian living in Gallura, in my latest publication Saggi di gnoseologia I mentioned the Florentine Germanist Onesti, who unfortunately died in August.

I was there once on the Chain Bridge with the woman I love. Variously ruled 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.

Thus the one-time avant-garde Hungarian-language poet Robert Reiter is rediscovered many decades later as the conservative German-language poet Franz Liebhard, who now writes in the Swabian dialect of the vanishing German-Romanian minority. A girl takes off her sandals and dangles her legs over the side of the boat.

As Magris says of another writer, “The result is that he says too little and too much at the same time.

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. Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it. Io, che ho una conoscenza dei luoghi e della loro storia limitata alle nozioni scolastiche prima e alle informazioni giornalistiche poi, quindi ne sapevo poco o nulla, ho dovuto ovviare ai riferimenti ai popoli, innumerevoli, che si sono stratificati nei millenni, e agli scrittori, con ricerche continue su Wikipedia -sempre sia lodata.

A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of history. The section on Jean Paul was beyond me.

It also succeeded in making me feel almost totally ignorant of European literature though I was occasionally pleased to see a name crop up that I recognized or had even read, e. Maybe the Brexit can be read into such, if it happened along those storied banks?

In this fascinating journey through the history and culture of the Danube, Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopedic and curiosity limitless, invites the reader to accompany him along the whole course of the river, from the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea.


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Occasionally, parts could be humorous, which was nice. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. 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.

I know several people who have taken boat trips on the Danube, and I know that I wouldn’t think of going without this book.

But two commentaries of mine to two captions are needed. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. This is a delightfully translated, rich and ornate, not so much travelogue as intellectual and literary history, of what Magris is mayris to term Mitteleuropa.

The author travels from the source of the Danube to its outfall and it could have been magrks interesting travelogue but it isn’t.

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

I I am not sure who is to blame more – the learned poet translator or the wannabee poet intellectual author. No descriptions of the geography or landscape. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Want to Read saving….

This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy. The book is magrie long that I began to begrudge him these self-indulgences. Showing of 42 reviews.