Title: DANUBE - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 416 pages. Published in 1989. The author's book-length account on subject. One of greatest books of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Claudio Magris' "Danube" in a felicitous English translation. Masterpiece. "Part history, part philosophy, part travelogue, this is literature in the richest, most amply rewarding sense. Writing with tremendous exuberance, Claudio Magris has produced a paean to what Holderlin 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 humor 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 color it isn't, ever, is blue. The Hungarians call it blond. 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" (Christopher Hart). An absolute "must-have" title for Claudio Magris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Claudio Magris. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Magris made a rare appearance at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2013 during which his signature was obtained. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Program and his dazzling essay on his new novel, "Blindly" (in a felicitous English translation). This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $600 even if some of them have major flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest European writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CLAUDIO MAGRIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374134650. Bookseller Inventory # 18052
Synopsis: In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the river's source 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 and Marcus Aurelius 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.
Product Description: A journey along this famous river described by the author, Claudio Magris, who unravels the amazing history of the many towns along its banks.
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