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Magris, Claudio (Translated by Patrick Creagh). DANUBE. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 416 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents Claudio Magris' masterpiece in a felicitous English translation. "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 essay on "Blindly". This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and despite its imperfection (slight ding on the bottom corner of the board) is still in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Copies available online command as much as $600 even if some of them have major flaws. This is a reasonable and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living European writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CLAUDIO MAGRIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374134650. $250.00

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