Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

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by Claudio Magris
     
 

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A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of history.

In this fascinating journey through the history and culture of the Danube, Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopedic and curiosity limitless, invites the reader to accompany him along the whole course of the river, from the Bavarian hills through Austro

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A triumphant celebration of a river that has forever been at the center of the great movements of history.

In this fascinating journey through the history and culture of the Danube, Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopedic and curiosity limitless, invites the reader to accompany him along the whole course of the river, from the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. In each town he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments: Kafka and Freud; Wittgenstein and Marcus Aurelius; Lukcs, Heidegger, and Cline; Canetti and Ovid. He also encounters a host of more obscure but no less intriguing personalities-philosophers, novelists, diplomats, and patriots-on an odyssey that brings middle-European culture to life in its most picturesque and evocative forms.

Danube is among the first of a new list of nonfiction paperbacks published as Harvill Press Editions.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Eder
Magris' writing is as multifarious, as digressive, as whimsical, as ironic and as lyrical as his vision of Mitteleuropa. -- Los Angeles Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than a thoroughfare linking Europe and Asia, the Danube, for Magris, is symbol and nourisher of a hinterland, a Germanic/Magyar/Slavic/Jewish/Central European culture counterposed to northern and western Europe. As he follows the river from the Bavarian hills to the Black Sea, lingering at villages, castles, Viennese cafes, ancient ruins and cemeteries, the author, a professor of German literature at the University of Trieste, offers a sustained, rich, often profound meditation on diverse themes: the tension between Greco-Roman and Teutonic civilization, the roots of fascism, Napoleon as a personification of modern, clashing nationalisms, etc. We read of Hapsburg splendor and decline, Nazi evil, Slavic soul-searching, Rumania as melting-pot of races and cultures. This sequence of stately tableaux is steeped in cultural and historical references to the likes of Kafka and Kepler, Haydn, Heidegger, Elias Canetti, George Konrad, Vasko Popa. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The Danube river runs from central to southeast Europe, and Danube is a stream of consciousness flowing down the history of the great basin. The intrepid Italian traveler and cultural and literary historian, Claudio Magris, has taken the occasion of his river-length journey to make forays into the legends and lore, history and geography, politics and literature of the peoples and places along the Danube's winding path. The result is a rambling amalgam rich in nuances and allusions, some of which may be lost on those unversed in Central European culture. This is a stimulating tour which will challenge and reward the attentive and courageous intellectual traveler. It is recommended for academic and public libraries.-- James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860468230
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.96(d)

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Colin Thubron
A uniquely stimulating and individual portrait of the heart of Europe. Magnificent.

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Claudio Magris is a scholar, translator, and writer. He is a professor of German literature at the University of Trieste, Italy.

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