WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD FLANAGAN
In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the source of the Danube 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 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - johnwbeha - LibraryThing
Very disappointing. It was brought for me to accompany a cruise on the eponymous river, but it found it generally tedious, dealing as it did with vast numbers of people whose names I did not even ... Read full review
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Slightly tempting to compare Magris' cultural dredging of the Danube with something equally ambitious like Rebecca West's Black Lamb Grey Falcon, but whereas West's book of half-credulous received ... Read full review