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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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.

Therefore the reader needs to know the background and the historical event of these anecdotes and curiosities in order to understand clakdio.

Danube is not a travel narrative in the classic sense. Still, I wish I were traveling with Femor. 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, magirs I didn’t want to waste even more time with this unintelligible book.

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

Open Preview See a Problem? The author travels from the source of the Danube to its outfall and it could have been an interesting travelogue but it isn’t. All in all, this is a work by an author with a tremendous intellect, who never once pauses to consider his reader.

Un libro colto e prezioso, che ho letto con interesse ma non con facilita: Danube is at one level a medley of many famous and — to the Anglophone reader — clqudio so famous writers, and thereafter many writers even forgotten in their own cultures, and after them the writers of cultures themselves forgotten even in the places magrus which they wrote.

On Foot to Constantinople: In each town he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments, from Ovid and Marcus Aurelius to Kafka and Canetti, in “a fascinating blend of anecdote and history” San Francisco Examiner. Please try again later.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In these stories, sometimes as short as half a page, Magris gives accounts of figures from different eras, shifting back thirty, and then to antiquity within a few paragraphs, from the tragedy of Kafka on one page to the atrocities of Josef Mengele on the next. The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom.

The writer’s, the translator’s?

Book Review: Claudio Magris’ Danube – THE VIENNA REVIEW –

I firstly saw the blue Danube in February without never had been a dancer of waltz or of anything good. The book inspires its own echoes — go see Ister by David Barison, snuggle up with Cultural Amnesia: I never got a handle claydio the Catherine Wheel of claudko Magris was spinning there. We want to know something about him, but he keeps his guard up, there is virtually nothing. It doesn’t gel; it never seeks to be an extended narrative.

For this reason, I hate nationalism and nation states. The book was penned in before Glastnost led to a change in format. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Perhaps overwritten at times, such a judgment of this fine memoir would be unfair; the societies of the Danube he describes are too multifaceted and can only be understood if one takes the time to explain their diversity by discussing the numerous influences that have shaped them.

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 On the one hand, in the first paragraph: Erudite meditations on the Danube and the blood-soaked lands through which it winds. Ignorance always summons greater ignorance in its daunbe.

View all 18 comments. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of vanishing. Cluadio is a most episodic erudition, a heartbeat of time through the prism of a lifetime in a chair recalling Gass pondering the endless flow of a river, across Europe, across history, eventually allowing the sediment to afford upper case status– History.


I reckon it took me about six months to finally come to the end of this book, reading it as I did in short angry spurts, and while it made a certain impact on me psychologically, I don’t expect to retain much at all of the dizzying accumulation claudil historical happenings, personal anecdotes, literary analyses, and harebrained philosophizing that Claudio Magris packages as a “travel” book.

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.

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Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

I I am not sure who is to blame more – the learned poet translator or the wannabee poet intellectual author. 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 a A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of history.

Maybe the Brexit can be read into such, if it happened along those storied banks? Ships from and sold by Amazon.

And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: Helps to have some background in the area, or read a general history in conjunction.

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. Great for reading slowly one by one. There is no heart in this book.