Claudio Magris; Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel

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February 26, 2019
152 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
ISBN: 9780300218497
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A collection of brief, but intimate meditations on life and culture ranging from controversial matters to private moments

The internationally acclaimed author Claudio Magris offers a collection of brief “snapshots” reflecting on life and culture from 1999 to 2013 through his very personal lens. Some pieces portray private, intimate moments, while others offer views on public, sometimes controversial matters; the tone is sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, sometimes ironic, but always engaging. The panoramic nature of the vignettes is broad in scope, encompassing a variety of subjects rendered in quick, decisive brushstrokes. It is a little like leafing through a photo album of our times and our society while a learned companion seated beside us offers a perceptive running commentary. Magris’s wit—at times pungent, at times self-deprecating, always keen—is refreshingly affable. A continuing adventure by the author who has reinvented “travel literature.”

Claudio Magris, celebrated scholar, was professor of Germanic studies at the universities of Torino and Trieste. He is the internationally acclaimed author of Danube and Microcosms and winner of the Premio Strega (1997), Praemium Erasmianum (2001), Premio Principe de Asturias (2004), Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (2009), and Kafka Prize (2016). His recent works include Blameless and Journeying. Anne Milano Appel is an award-winning translator from the Italian who has translated works by Claudio Magris, Paolo Giordano, Primo Levi, and Giovanni Arpino.

“[Magris] has sketched visions from his cafe chair, at his apartment, from temples in India and inside mosques in Istanbul. Snapshots collects them and they read like the satori of a historian, walking out the wintry days of his life. . . . On every page here is a way of looking that restores mystery to the world.”—John Freeman, Literary Hub

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