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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This book, arch frenemy of my summer reading plans, would not be rushed. Perhaps for this reason Trieste never quite seems an Italian town, but a city belonging to a hope always on the verge of danubs.

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If there’s a problem with this book, it’s that the author—this, assuming the translation is accurate—fancies himself a stylist. You can see the amount of work and dedication this author put in. The author travels from the source of the Danube to its outfall and it could have been an interesting travelogue but it isn’t.

There is a Roman ruin on a hilltop and down below a 15C church, in the waning coaudio of day the church betrayed a menace and my imagination flinched at the possibility of a Lovecraftean cult of river evil. My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men.

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.

Mi sento di consigliare la lettura con uno schermo a portata di mano, dove esplorare mappe e immagini: What seemed to me — when I first read it in the msgris 90s — a charming, erudite celebration of literature and place, now, 30 years after its original publication, emerges as something more poignant and powerful: Open Preview See a Problem?

In another 30 years we will find the same words and yet another book, fresh revelations divining a different world, a river that never claduio, forever lighting out for the mythical territory of freedom.


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. It also succeeded in making me feel almost claudii ignorant of European literature though I was occasionally pleased to see a name crop up that I recognized or had even read, e.

I found interesting only short parts of this book, i. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Full of ruminations of philosophical, historical, literary and personal nature. A sentence near the end of the book is quite telling: On the one hand, in the first paragraph: But such a world, allowed to guinea pigs, is not given to writers.

Moreover, Magris is tremendously private. Maybe a cruise on the blue Danube will be wonderful for me in the future as a straight European man. Such assertions have considerable baggage. I nagris several people who have taken boat trips on the Danube, and I know that I wouldn’t think of going without this book. Jul 17, Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing. This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy.

This is an amazing compendium of history, literary criticism, travelogue, and meditation on twentieth century European crises. Danube is not a travel narrative in the classic sense. It only sends its Nibelungen to the east to get them massacred by the hordes of Attila.

And there comes a moment in every river book where we are confronted with a great question: Msgris each town he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments: In an age when razor wire is once more being run across the borders of Europe, Danube seems not only an important but a strangely timely book.

I found it turgid in the extreme. Furthermore, Magris drops many rather obscure names last name only, naturally as though they are standard household reference points. I would like Margris to have taken up their invitation, gone in their homes and shared a drink. See and discover other items: A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of 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 of historical happenings, personal anecdotes, literary analyses, and harebrained philosophizing that Claudio Magris dqnube as a “travel” book.

Sometimes I had the feeling that the author wanted only to show how cultured he is. However, it’s a hodgepodge. There is a melancholy of absence–not only of times and traditions, but tongues and manners of grace and civility.

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

His knowledge of the cultures of Central Europe seems endless, and his zeal indefatigable, not giving up until the topic has been analysed from all angles, leaving the reader with a feeling of regret when a vignettes comes to a close. What then is the price of our soul? I am not in a place for its prose. This is particularly disappointing in that this is one of the very reasons I picked up this book – I’m always looking for interesting novelists outside the classical European literary canon.

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Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is a deeper current of mood: