Claudio Magris

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Claudio Magris
Claudio Magris in 2009
Claudio Magris in 2009
Born (1939-04-10) 10 April 1939 (age 80)
Trieste, Kingdom of Italy
OccupationScholar, translator and writer
Alma materUniversity of Turin
Notable worksDanubio

Claudio Magris (born 10 April 1939) is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He was an Senator for Friuli-Venezia Giulia from 1994 to 1996.

Life and prizes[edit]

Magris graduated from the University of Turin, where he studied German studies, and has been a professor of modern German literature at the University of Trieste since 1978.

He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers.

His numerous studies have helped to promote an awareness in Italy of Central European culture and of the literature of the Habsburg myth.

Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from 1994 to 1996.

His first book on the Habsburg myth in modern Austrian literature rediscovered central European literature. His journalistic writings have been collected in Dietro le parole ("Behind Words", 1978) and Itaca e oltre ("Ithaca and Beyond", 1982). He has written essays on E.T.A. Hoffmann, Henrik Ibsen, Italo Svevo, Robert Musil, Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges. His novels and theatre productions, many translated into several languages, include Illazioni su una sciabola (1984), Danubio (1986), Stadelmann (1988), Un altro mare (1991), and Microcosmi (1997).

His breakthrough was Danubio (1986), which is a magnum opus. In this book (said by the author to be a "drowned novel"), Magris tracks the course of the Danube from its sources to the sea. The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history.

Decorations and awards[edit]


  • Illazioni su una sciabola (1984; translated as Inferences from a Sabre, ISBN 0-7486-6036-4),
  • Danubio (1986; translated as Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea, ISBN 0-00-272074-4),
  • Stadelmann (1988),
  • Un altro mare (1991; translated as A Different Sea, ISBN 0-00-271339-X)
  • Microcosmi (1997; translated as Microcosms, ISBN 1-86046-618-4).
  • Alla cieca (2006; translated as Blindly, ISBN 978-0-670-06856-2).
  • Non luogo a procedere (2015; translated as Blameless, ISBN 978-88-11-68917-1).


  1. ^ "Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2009 a Claudio Magris" (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. Retrieved 2009-09-27.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Nicoletta Pireddu, The Works of Claudio Magris: Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders. (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). ISBN 978-1-137-49262-3
  • Nicoletta Pireddu, "On the Threshold, Always Homeward Bound: Claudio Magris's European Journey." The Journal of European Studies 42 (4), 2012: 333–341.