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  • Published: 11 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433805
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

Danube




In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the river's source in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. Along the way he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments - from Ovid and Marcus Aurelius to Kafka and Canetti - and in so doing sets his finger on the pulse of Central Europe, the vital crucible of a culture that draws on influences of East and West, of Christendom and Islam.

  • Pub date: 11 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433805
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the Author

Claudio Magris

Claudio Magris, born in 1939, is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Turin, where he studied Germanistics, and has been professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Trieste since 1978. He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers. Professor Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from 1994 to 1996.
His novels include Danube, A Different Sea and Microcosms. Magris won the Strega Prize in 1998 for Danube. He was also awarded the Erasmus prize 2001 and a Prince of Asturias Awards for Literature in 2004. On 31 July 2006 Austria awarded its annual state prize for European literature to Magris.

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Praise for Danube

“Impeccable... Magris, a guide of enormous modesty, has not only read everything: he has been everywhere, met everybody”

Nicholas Shakespeare, Arts and Books Review

“There is so much to praise about this extraordinary book... Irresistably enjoyable”

Mark Thompson, Literary Review

“Neither a travel book, nor a vast prose poem, nor a history, nor philosophy, nor voyage of discovery, but often all at once”

Edward Stein, Independent on Sunday

“The finest account of Middle Europe”

Daily Telegraph, Observer


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