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Read & Download Danubio by Claudio Magris 108 Å La posibilidad de Europa es lo ue Magris recrea en este trayecto por el paisaje cultural ue atraviesa el río en sus casi 3000 kilómetros de recorrido Un pretexto para acercar un sueño recuperando la memoria del continente Narración historia biografía ensayo el texto y el camino zigzaguean acomComo el Danubio curiosea todo recoveco ue encuentra a su paso como una exploración cautelosa de su propia condición de sus limitaciones Es como si en este viaje fluvial Magris uisiera encontrar el lugar ideal para las ciudades la literatura y el humanismoSea el Danubio del color ue sea en las aguas de este periplo destella el espíritu de una Odisea a la centroeuropea eso sí como alegoría de la vida de la muerte y del transitar entre la una y la otr. Read the first chapters after visiting Germany and Austria and they were excellent too missed visiting the headwaters there are actually 2 places sort of claiming them of the Danube but still visited a bunch of the places mentioned in the book2015 6 read the last 4 chapters Hungary Yugoslavia Bulgaria Romania but only roughly as the story moves all around the Danube area the author is in both in time and space; excellent stuff even if some of the current at the time 1986 had become dated only a few years later when the seemingly forever communist regimes collapsed like house of cards everywhere; as someone born and raised in those parts and steeped in the local culture at least what was approved officially or tacitly under communism so some of the stuff is new for me too I really really enjoyed these 4 chapters a lot but I can see how they may seem boring and uninteresting as for example a lot of English or American South literature is to me to people who have no ties with those places and have no idea who the people mentioned whether writers poets leaders nobles rebels a book that mentions the savage executions of Gheorghe Dosza and of Horia and Closca when talking about the corresponding cities gets extra points from me by default were

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A manera de salvar esas fronteras tal como las salva el río ue descubre diferentes estratos pero permanece por encima de tanto desastre y tanta destrucción; de dar noticia de un cauce por donde discurra la cultura ue todavía está por venir ue se está formando con sus orillas inundables rocosas edificadas contaminadas o ajardinadas y regadas por una misma corriente de agua siempre en movimiento sinuoso No se avanza auí en línea recta la escritura. I really struggled to finish this book The author travels from the source of the Danube to its outfall and it could have been an interesting travelogue but it isn't First of all the language is too difficult pompous and erudite Sometimes I had the feeling that the author wanted only to show how cultured he is The author also uses too long sentences with several subordinate propositions and it was a torture to read those sentences But maybe the worst part of this book is that the author takes for granted that the reader already knows everything about history and historical characters and events geography philosophers writers and characters in books He doesn't talk about important events that occured in the places along the Danube but mainly about anecdotes or small curiosities Therefore the reader needs to know the background and the historical event of these anecdotes and curiosities in order to understand them The author also mentions characters from the Iliad and Odyssey or other books thinking that everyone has read them and knows what he is talking about There weren't notes not a map nothing At the beginning I looked up a few things on Google but then I gave up because I wasn't enjoying the book and the way it was written and I didn't want to waste even time with this unintelligible book Maybe who has a wider culture than me will enjoy this book but for me it was a real torture and I don't know why I didn't gave up after the first chapters I found interesting only short parts of this book ie the parts where the author talked about authors I know and of which I have read the books Did this book teach me something new Not at all On the contrary I was only confused But as said if a reader is cultured then maybe he will enjoy this book because it will add a lot of anecdotes and curiosities that maybe can't be found in ordinary history books

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Danubio by Claudio MagrLa posibilidad de Europa es lo ue Magris recrea en este trayecto por el paisaje cultural ue atraviesa el río en sus casi 3000 kilómetros de recorrido Un pretexto para acercar un sueño recuperando la memoria del continente Narración historia biografía ensayo el texto y el camino zigzaguean acompasados Como el Danubio la cultura europea cruza fronteras nacionales humanas y psicológicas y perfila diferencias pero también semejanzas El viaje sería l. Erudite meditations on the Danube and the blood soaked lands through which it winds Danube is not a travel narrative in the classic sense The river is here a device for writing about a mix of colorful events and persons associated with it Magris is a critic and his assessment of cultural phenomenon along the river's course is often excellent especially when he deigns to tell the reader what he's writing about It's a densely allusive work That said the long essay on Louis Ferdinand Céline—who stayed at Sigmaringen Castle on the Danube when the collaborationist Vichy government was forced there by the retreating Germans—is fascinating Céline went from the great voice of the people before World War 2 to that of an iniuitous traitor an anti semite hunted down and reduced to the scum of the earth on a level with the Nazi butchers afterward Yet Magris makes a compelling argument for his greatness while at the same time acutely rendering judgementThe section on Jean Paul was beyond me I never got a handle on the Catherine Wheel of abstractions Magris was spinning there If there's a problem with this book it's that the author—this assuming the translation is accurate—fancies himself a stylist I'm with VS Naipaul on this one good writing doesn't draw attention to itself Yet the book is full of interesting arcana if you're willing to endure the flights of fancyMagris seems to have read everything and he wants you to know it There are short essays on Hermann Schmid's little Danube tale Franzel the Negress a fiction in which her white lover makes her famous through his play The ueen if Sheba which Magris writes exposes the whole savage shallowness of racism The section called The Archivist of Affronts tells the story of one Ferdinand Thrän—known for The Cathedral of Ulm an Exact Description of Same 1857—who almost destroyed the cathedral by his obstinate belief in a 'law' of arches which he was convinced he had discovered More interesting to this reader was Thrän's File of Rudenesses Received whose precision and completeness may have given a pleasure that compensated for the repulsiveness of what is actually notedThe insight into the life and writings of the 19th century Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter—a great favorite of WG Sebald—was most welcome as was the overview of Sankt Florian Church and monastery where Anton Bruckner played organ and wrote his great symphonic works Other meditations include the double suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and Maria Vetsera at Mayerling 1889; a scathing critiue of Wittgenstein's house at 19 Kundmanngasse; the split between humanity and the natural world which Magris sees lasting as long as we eat other animals; an image of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa riding to war across the stone bridge at Regensberg ca 1150; a consideration of the putrefactive vigor of the soil in the Central Cemetery Vienna; a brief overview of Hungarian Marxist scholar György Lukács's life and work especially how his adherence to Stalinism compromised him; and a canny summation of the poetry of Romanian born Paul Celan who Magris sees as probably the last Orphic poet a religious reformer of Orphic poetry bringing it to a blinding primeval purity before it is snuffed outI started this book after finishing Patrick Leigh Fermor's A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water also memoirs cum travelogues cum histories of the Danube At first I thought that Magris's failure to cite Fermor a trifle fishy But now I'm relatively certain that Magris who wrote in Italian was not influenced by Fermor Fermor's travels on foot along the Danube as an 18 and 19 year old in 1934 35 saw him meeting with Gypsies interacting with locals learning their languages German Romani Hungarian Romanian etc sometimes drinking to excess picking up girls He often did not know from one day to the next where he would sleep Some nights it was on a thatch of fresh tree limbs on others in the splendor of some ducal château At one point in the second volume Fermor rides a magnificent black stallion—Malek—across the Great Hungarian Plain The river and its banks are much visibly present in his books due to his gift for rich descriptive writing One gets from Fermor a sense of the river's every turning the vast changes in its topography as it moves than 2000 km to its delta in the Black Sea In Magris this travel aspect is minimal Magris does not evoke such an intimate view of the river and its banks much less mix it up with the common people We hardly get to know even those friends with whom he travels In closing the book is a rich source of information However it's a hodgepodge It doesn't gel; it never seeks to be an extended narrative It's an anthology of curios Moreover Magris is tremendously private We learn only of his intellectual inclinations not his personal ones Who are these friends so fleetingly mentioned Where does he live city or country We want to know something about him but he keeps his guard up there is virtually nothing This is why while Magris' book is certainly worthwhile for me the Fermor books are the far accessible reads about this fascinating river and it diverse peoples