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Harvill Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Travel - 416 pages
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In Danube the author sets his finger on the pulse of Central Europe, the crucible of a culture that draws on influences of East and West, of Christendom and Islam. In this journey through the history and culture of the Danube lands, Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and curiosity limitless, guides the reader along the course of the river, from its source in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. In each town he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments, from Ovid and Marcus Aurelius to Kafka and Canetti. The Danube is the great artery of that elusive territory known as Mitteleuropa, from which so many of the most fascinating people and ideas of European history have emerged, and Magris has produced a wonderful celebration of it in a book that effortlessly combines erudition and writing of the highest quality.

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Review: Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

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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 Sea

User 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


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Noted Italian novelist and playwright Claudio Magris has been nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Antonio Tabucchi is the winner of the Premio Campiello for Pereira Declares, and winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger for Indian Nocturne. His other books include Requiem, It's Getting Later all the Time, and Little Misunderstandings of No Importance.

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