WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD FLANAGAN
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.
Impeccable... Magris, a guide of enormous modesty, has not only read everything: he has been everywhere, met everybody
There is so much to praise about this extraordinary book... Irresistably enjoyable
Not simply a masterpiece of travel; it is an odyssey... A splendid book, beautifully translated
A uniquely stimulating and individual portrait of the heart of Europe
This book is full of wonder and delights...Magris writes beautifully; he seems to have read everything. His reading has not made just clever but wise. On almost every page there are passages that make the heart life... Danube is a masterpiece