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Donau: Biographie eines Flusses

Claudio Magris born 10 April is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He was a senator for Friuli-Venezia Giulia from to Magris 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 He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers. His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth. Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature.



Translated by Patrick Creagh. From the glades of the Black Forest to the swells of the Black Sea, Claudio Magris follows his liquid quarry: a Danube seldom blue as the eyes of love would have it, more often green, gray, yellow or turgid brown. Wiser than Odysseus, who sailed a tideless sea, he launches his drunken ship upon a flowing river, but never quite embarks. Magris's Danube carries few embarkations, least of all the author's. It beckons him instead from place to place, the means of transport being left in doubt - perhaps a flight of fancy. Each site visited is selected for the whimsies it evokes - abstractions, fables, apercus, excursions, quotations, notes and dissertations, snippets and cameos - linked together by a fluid concept into pages of anecdote.


Why Claudio Magrisā€™s Danube is a timely elegy for lost Europe

T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth. And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: what is the price of our soul? Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul ā€” by which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us. Danube was originally published in Italian in , the same year Mikhail Gorbachev introduced the Soviet Union to two new concepts: glasnost and perestroika. Written during the final efflorescence of the cold war ā€” when, as we now know, the world came the closest it has ever been to a nuclear war ā€” the countries of what was then called eastern Europe had become, after four decades of isolating Soviet rule, terra incognita to many in the west. Ignorance always summons greater ignorance in its defence.

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