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Overview


A collection of brief, but intimate meditations on life and culture ranging from controversial matters to private moments

The internationally acclaimed author Claudio Magris offers a collection of brief “snapshots” reflecting on life and culture from 1999 to 2013 through his very personal lens. Some pieces portray private, intimate moments, while others offer views on public, sometimes controversial matters; the tone is sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, sometimes ironic, but always engaging. The panoramic nature of the vignettes is broad in scope, encompassing a variety of subjects rendered in quick, decisive brushstrokes. It is a little like leafing through a photo album of our times and our society while a learned companion seated beside us offers a perceptive running commentary. Magris’s wit—at times pungent, at times self‑deprecating, always keen—is refreshingly affable. A continuing adventure by the author who has reinvented “travel literature.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300218497
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Margellos World Republic of Letters Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Claudio Magris, celebrated scholar, was professor of Germanic studies at the universities of Torino and Trieste. He is the internationally acclaimed author of Danube and Microcosms and winner of the Premio Strega (1997), Praemium Erasmianum (2001), Premio Principe de Asturias (2004), Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (2009), and Kafka Prize (2016). His recent works include Blameless and Journeying. Anne Milano Appel is an award-winning translator from the Italian who has translated works by Claudio Magris, Paolo Giordano, Primo Levi, and Giovanni Arpino.

Table of Contents

The Dove and the Two-Headed Eagle 3

The Innkeeper and His War 5

Unreliable Death 7

Thirteenthousandeighthundredseventynine Evenings 9

At the Castelli Gallery 11

Be With or Go With? 13

(Open?) Couple at the Conference 15

Forget Colors 21

Sacred and Profane 23

Losing Your Marbles 25

A Crowd for No One 29

Group Portrait with Sleeping Jurist 33

We'll Talk 35

The Bankers and the Devil 39

Orphaned Embryos 41

An Overturned Head of Medusa 45

The Scourge of the 800 Number 47

Benefits for Polygamists and Taxes on Bachelors 51

Let the Little Children Come unto Me 53

Pissing Against the Wind and Contra Legem 57

The Menu of the Revolution 61

On the Rocky Beach 65

A New Writer: The Censor 69

The Wall Will Last for Years… 73

Limping Verses from the Hereafter 75

The Stray and a Model 77

At the Seashore 79

The Place Where the Heart Is Silent 81

On the Tracks 85

The Sacred Hours 89

A Rose of the Blessed 91

The Devil's Dung 93

The Beautiful Summer 97

Writing, Entry Prohibited 99

Down with the Poor 103

The Right Word in the Wrong Mouth 105

Sea Lion 109

Jens's Gravestone 111

Mute Scenes of a Marriage 115

Everything's All Right 119

At the Window 121

Frecciabianca 123

Graffiti 125

Advertising, a Long, Tedious Sermon 127

The Rocky Beach of the Famous 129

The Sin of Acrimony 131

Untranslatable 133

Selfie 135

Translator's Notes 139

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