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 - Toto - Goodreads
This book is truly one of a kind; part history of this grand river, part literary history pertaining to the writers and writing about and around its main cities and towns, part geography of the flora ... Read full review
Review: Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black SeaUser Review - Rennie - Goodreads
This was difficult. I kept noting really gorgeously written passages, and when the anecdotes and historical bits made sense, they were worth reading. But so much of it is hard to get through, with so ... Read full review