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.
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Review: Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black SeaUser Review - Claudia - Goodreads
A Most fascinating book - lyrical descriptions, historical analysis, great, if sometimes a bit disjointedly quirky writing style (tho that may have been the translation) Loved it. Read full review
Review: Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black SeaUser Review - Tom Hannis - Goodreads
An amazing work that took me months to get through - and I will spend several more days going back to do further research on dozens of literary and historical references. Read full review