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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433768
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
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Microcosms




In Microcosms Claudio Magris focuses on the people who live on the borderlands of Istria and Italy, between the eastern Alps and the Adriatic, with Trieste as their cultural centre. They are people who have been the play-things of History and have never had settled frontiers or a settled language. Although Magris writes about 20th century giants like Joyce and Svevo, who lived in Trieste, Microcosms is largely filled with the stories of people – crazy inventors, dialect poets, failed insurgents, disappointed Lotharios – who were peripheral to the central stream of European culture. In their lives, rich in anecdote and interest, he invites us to recognise ourselves. As he guides us from the bear-haunted forests of Trevoso to the caf's and public gardens of Trieste, Magris summons on stage a marvellous cast of characters – including, in his own oblique way, himself – who remind us what it is to be human.





  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446433768
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288
Categories:

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 Microcosms

“Microcosms expresses the essence of Germanness which underlines so many aspects of this vibrant, if culturally chaotic, no-man's-land caught between the eastern Alps and the Adriatic”

Irish Times


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