The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn (Down the Danube)

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Northwestern University Press, Nov 1, 1999 - Fiction - 246 pages
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In The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn (down the Danube), Peter Esterhazy blends magic realism and travel narrative to dazzling effect.

Esterhazy's hero is a professional Traveller, commissioned -- like Marco Polo by Kubla Khan -- to undertake a voyage of discovery and to prepare a travelogue about the Danube. Communicating his experiences through terse -- and at times surreal -- telegrams to his employer, the Traveller weaves a rich tapestry of narratives, evoking the dreamlike past and the precarious present of a disappearing world.

Moving from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, Esterhazy takes the reader on a fascinating European journey of the imagination, down the Danube River, through Vienna, Budapest, and beyond the delta where the mighty river empties into the sea. Filled with allusion, fable, fantasy, history, and autobiography, The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn (down the Danube) is Peter Esterhazy at his scintillating, adventurous best.

  

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
4
Section 3
10
Section 4
17
Section 5
22
Section 6
23
Section 7
27
Section 8
36
Section 15
84
Section 16
100
Section 17
116
Section 18
129
Section 19
142
Section 20
175
Section 21
180
Section 22
195

Section 9
41
Section 10
50
Section 11
53
Section 12
65
Section 13
72
Section 14
80
Section 23
209
Section 24
233
Section 25
240
Section 26
245
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About the author (1999)

Esterhazy is a prolific essayist and a playwright.

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