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Records and reports, as well as the testimony of magria, show Rojesko toiling away tirelessly and courageously to prevent and forestall contagion, to help the refugees, to find them food and shelter, provide them with medicines and work. This page was last edited on 26 Juneamgris Huck must decide whether to turn in Jim, donaau escaped slave, or damn his soul — ckaudio which Twain really means save it, by defying the conformity to rules and society that otherwise clzudio and deform us.
Magris graduated from the University of Turinwhere he studied German studiesand has been a professor of modern German literature at the Ronau of Trieste since In these absurd convulsions of national identity, the complexity of humanity counted for little. For he is as sympathetic, say, to the German-speaking Swabian settlers of the Banat, as he is to the Wallachians, the Bulgars and the other dozen nations who made up what became Vojvodina, in present-day Serbia along with the long-lost Spanish settlers who in founded a New Barcelona in the town of Becskerek.
My old home, the [Hapsburg] Monarchy, alone, was a great mansion with many doors and many chambers, for every condition of men.
The mode of Danubeas befits a river book, clauvio digressive and rambling. The bulk of the Circassian territory formed a strip along the Danube, near Lom.
Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. This mashup gave such books the force of yearning, an animating hope that at some point acquires the power of myth.
It is a word torn from wordlessness … the gesture of one who puts mqgris end to a tradition and at the same time erases himself Thus the one-time avant-garde Hungarian-language poet Robert Reiter is rediscovered many decades later as the conservative German-language poet Franz Liebhard, who now writes in the Swabian dialect of the vanishing German-Romanian minority. A book with mgris a generous canvas as Danube could, perhaps, only have been written by one from a place where the ironies of life, place and the past are so deeply etched.
The genius of Danube is to remind us that a book can exist to invent a world. Our future will depend in part on our ability to prevent the priming of this time-bomb of hatred, and the possibility that new Battles of Vienna will transform brothers into foreigners and enemies.
What then is the price of our soul? In a not irrelevant detail, Magris was born and lives in Trieste, a town possessed of the autumnal melancholy that descends upon boomtowns of other eras; a place enshrouded in its decline by a dream of a long-ago cosmopolitan world, the multifaith, multilingual, multinational Austro-Hungarian empire.
Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. This, though, is not to suggest the limits of the book but rather its true measure. In that little town there was an agency of the Imperial Steam Navigation Company of the Danube, under the direction of Agent Rojesko, who for weeks on end opened none of his windows overlooking the river, to keep the house free from the stench of the sick and the corpses arriving on ships laden with Circassians suffering from typhus.
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Beyond its quickly submerged subject — a journey from headwaters to delta — and floating concerns — literature, politics, history — is donaj deeper current of mood: He has written essays on E.
His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth.
It was a defence of the marginal and ephemeral. Recipients of the Strega Prize.
But in this it simply resembles life, rather than pretending to exist beyond it. In another 30 years we will find the same words and yet another book, fresh revelations divining a different world, a river that never ends, forever lighting out for the mythical territory of freedom.
Three decades after it was first published, afterafter Srebenica, after Greece, after claudiio attacks too numerous to list, after the refugee crisis, after the Brexit vote, Danube has an altogether different resonance, speaking not only of the virtue of tolerance of difference, but its vitality and necessity.
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Sometimes these reflections amount to a short story passed off as an aside, or, as with the paragraph below, the beginning of a lost Joseph Conrad novel:. And yet, somehow, it spoke powerfully to both the old world that was dying, and the new being born. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Claudio Magris. Danube is at once a record, a vast exploration and a celebration of those lacerated wounds.