Claudio Magris

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Claudio Magris
Claudio Magris in 2009
Claudio Magris in 2009
Born (1939-04-10) 10 April 1939 (age 84)
Trieste, Kingdom of Italy
OccupationScholar, translator and writer
Alma materUniversity of Turin
Notable worksDanubio

Claudio Magris (Italian pronunciation: [ˈklaudjo ˈmaɡris]; born 10 April 1939) is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He was a senator for Friuli-Venezia Giulia from 1994 to 1996.


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.[1]

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, a concept which he coined in 1963.[2]

Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from 1994 to 1996.[1]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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]

Honorary doctorates[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).


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  2. ^ Greiner, Ulrich (12 November 2018). "Wahrhaft, ein Phänomen". Die Zeit (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Altwegg, Jürg (10 April 2019). "Der Hellseher von Triest". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  4. ^ Soboczynski, Adam (26 July 2012). "Heitere Revolution oder Terror?". Die Zeit (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b Claudio Magris at the Encyclopædia Britannica
  6. ^ "Claudio Magris". Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Michael Stolleis und Claudio Magris werden mit dem Orden "Pour le Mérite" ausgezeichnet". Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (in German). 1 June 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Pour le Mérite: Claudio Magris" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  9. ^ " Der Bundespräsident / Reisen und Termine / Ordensverleihung zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit". (in German). 15 October 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Ehrendoktorwürde für Christoph Markschies und Franz-Kafka-Preis an Claudio Magris". Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (in German). 20 December 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Thomas Mann Preis 2019 für Akademiemitglied Claudio Magris". Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (in German). 5 November 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Magris". Akademie der Künste, Berlin (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Claudio Magris". KU Leuven. 25 May 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Honorary doctorate awarded to the writer Claudio Magris". Universitat de Barcelona. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Doctor Honoris Causa. Claudio Magris". Universidad de Murcia (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Doctor Honoris Causa. Claudio Magris". Universitatea de Vest Timisoara (in Romanian). 5 October 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  17. ^ "Festakt zur Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde an Claudio Magris durch den Fachbereich Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften der Freien Universität Berlin". Freie Universität Berlin (in German). 20 May 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  18. ^ Glaser, Christina. "Newsmeldung". Universität Regensburg (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Pireddu, Nicoletta. (2015) The Works of Claudio Magris: Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-49262-3
  • ---. (2012) "On the Threshold, Always Homeward Bound: Claudio Magris's European Journey." The Journal of European Studies 42 (4): 333–341.
  • ---. (2022) Guest Editor, Claudio Magris and the Quest for Europe. Special Issue, The European Legacy 27 (7-8), 2022.
  • Schümer, Dirk (3 January 2018). ""Einige Wahrnehmungen sind mir nur auf Deutsch möglich"". Die Welt (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  • Wampole, Christy. (2014) "'Cyberia, Syberia...': Clones, Virtual Spaces, and Cyber-Selves in Claudio Magris' Alla cieca." MLN 129(1): 162–179.

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