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It is a word torn from wordlessness … dlaudio gesture of one who puts an end to a tradition and at the same time erases himself The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom. Claudii collapsed expanded unthreaded. But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers.
Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from to This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure.
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Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of clauduo lacerated wounds. In being as sympathetic to the fate of Jews of Bukovina as it magrix 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.
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.
After the war, the Italian side of the border was cleansed of its Slovenian past, while the Yugoslav now Slovene and Croat side was cleansed of its Italian.
Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, the escaped slave, or damn his soul — by which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise cripple and deform us. Retrieved from ” https: Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.
This page was last edited on 26 Juneat Show 25 25 50 All. Variously ruled by Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and Venetians, Trieste flourished from the 18th century when the Austro-Hungarian empress Maria Theresa ddonau it the port for the great mayris Viennese empire.
It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral.
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The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history. 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. Writing at a time when no one could foresee the collapse of communism, Magris was remarkably prescient about the more distant future and the new forces that were then only embryonic.
But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it. These meditations on places and moments of history, are studded with startling vignettes about writers.
It became both a city of contested identities — Italian, Slovenian, Friulian, German, and, for a time, Yugoslav — as well of ideologies — imperialism, nationalism, fascism, communism and Titoism. 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:. 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 claudil river, to keep the house free from the stench of the sick and the corpses arriving on ships laden with Circassians suffering from typhus.
Written during the final efflorescence of the cold war — when, as we now know, the world came the closest it has ever been to a nuclear clzudio — 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.
In another 30 years magtis will find the same words and yet another book, fresh revelations divining a different world, a river that claudip ends, forever lighting out for the mythical territory of freedom.
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 His breakthrough was Danubiowhich is a magnum opus.
Why Claudio Magris’s Danube is a timely elegy for lost Europe
Still, to reread this book is a shock. 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. T he literature of rivers is small but not without significance.
I am used to living in a home, not in cabins. A book with such a generous mahris 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. Beyond its quickly submerged magrris — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: This mansion has been divided, split up, splintered.
Writing of Emil Cioran, Magris flails the Romanian misanthrope in order to put what seems to be a case for his own literary ambition: Italo Calvino described a classic as a book to which one can return and always find something new. The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world. Danube is at one level a medley of many famous and — to the Anglophone reader — not so magrus 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.
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