Danube (Harvill Press Editions)

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A journey through the history and culture of the Danube, from the Bavarian hills, through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans, to the Black Sea. In each town Magris raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments: Kafka and Freud, Wittgenstein and Marcus Aurelius, and Heidegger and Celine.

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This is a very Italian book, reminiscent of Italo Calvino or Roberto Calasso. Part history, part philosophy, part travelogue and literature in the richest, most amply rewarding sense. Writing with tremendous exuberance, Claudio Magris has produced a paean to what Hölderlin called "the river of melody"--the Danube, Europe's main artery, and the heart of that elusive but fascinating zone known as Mitteleuropa. Magris is certainly erudite, and not afraid of displaying his erudition, but he also has a fine sense of humour and an eye for the absurd. According to one eminent sedimentologist, he tells us, the source of the Danube is a leaky tap in a remote mountain farmhouse. And of course, the one colour it isn't, ever, is blue. The Hungarians call it blond, apparently. "Muddy yellow" might be more accurate, says the author. His greatest passion, however, is people: poets, singers, murderers, emperors, Dracula, Kafka, Wittgenstein, Josef Mengele--all human life is here. And it makes doubly fascinating reading for having been written back in 1986, when brutes like Ceaucescu were still in power and the iron curtain was still in place, though beginning to tremble slightly now in the wind of history. -- Christopher Hart

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"A work of originality . . . This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy." --"The Daily Telegraph"

“A work of originality . . . This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy.” —"The Daily Telegraph"

A work of originality . . . This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy. The Daily Telegraph"

"A work of originality . . . This is the best introduction to the culture of Central Europe, its genius and its tragedy." --The Daily Telegraph

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