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The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure.

But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it. Ignorance always summons greater ignorance in its defence.

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Magris is a member of several Donay academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to Later she discovered her family had Slavic roots. And yet, somehow, it spoke powerfully to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born. This page was last edited on 26 Juneat Show 25 25 50 All. 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.

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. His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central Claudiio culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth.


It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral. 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 them the writers of cultures themselves forgotten even in the places of which they wrote.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? In a not irrelevant detail, Magris was born and lives in Trieste, a town possessed of the donay 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.

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

Writing at a time when no one could foresee the collapse of communism, Magris was remarkably prescient about the more magirs future and the new forces that were then only embryonic. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: Recipients of the Strega Prize. 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. I have nothing more to seek for, there. 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 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 Order by newest oldest recommendations.


Three decades after it was first published, afterafter Srebenica, after Greece, after terrorism attacks too numerous to list, after the refugee crisis, after the Brexit vote, Danube has an altogether different resonance, speaking not only of the virtue of tolerance of difference, but its vitality and necessity.

Retrieved from ” https: What then is the price of our soul? His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole “Behind Words”, and Itaca e oltre “Ithaca and Beyond”, His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature.

Today Slovenia is only 7km from the city centre, Croatia less than 20km away. These meditations on places and moments of history, are studded with startling vignettes about writers. Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: 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.

He has written essays on E. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers. In this book said by the author to be a “drowned novel”Magris tracks the course of the Danube from its sources to the sea.