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European Vistas

History, Ethics and Identity in the Works of Claudio Magris

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Remko Smid

Claudio Magris is one of Italy’s – and Europe’s – most renowned thinkers and writers. He is considered an authority on central European literature and culture and is frequently interviewed about his hometown Trieste, the region called Mitteleuropa and the European Union. But what makes Magris such a relevant figure on the European literary scene?

European Vistas aims to answer this question by analysing the three most central elements in Magris’ novels – history, ethics and identity – in relation to contemporary Europe. His choice of particular histories are considered in terms of the ethical ideas and values that motivate him as well as the relevance of these stories for Europe. The book also explores Magris’ understanding and narration of identity and its potential for a transnational mode of identification, specifically within the European context. Ultimately, the author demonstrates why Magris’ ideas about history, ethics and identity are fundamental for Europe’s future.

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Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Smid, Remko, 1979- author.

Title: European vistas: history, ethics and identity in the works of Claudio Magris / Remko Smid.

Description: Oxford; New York: Peter Lang, [2020] | Includes bibliographical references and index. |

Identifiers: LCCN 2019039874 | ISBN 9781789976359 (paperback)

Subjects: LCSH: Magris, Claudio—Criticism and interpretation. | Magris, Claudio—Knowledge—Europe.

Classification: LCC PQ4873.A3645 Z88 2020 | DDC 853/.914—dc23

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