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Random House, Jan 11, 2011 - Travel - 432 pages
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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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User 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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User Review  - mattresslessness - LibraryThing

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

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CLAUDIO MAGRIS, scholar and critic, was born in Trieste in 1939. After graduating from the University of Turin, he lectured there in German Language and Literature from 1970 to 1978. He holds a chair in Germanic Studies in the University of Trieste, and was for a period a member of the Italian parliament. He is the author of works of literary criticism and plays and has translated works by Isben, Kleist, and Schnitzler. He won international acclaim for his remarkable study of middle Europe, Danube.