Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea

Claudio Magris


CONTENTS

Title Page
Dedication
Praise
About the Author
Also by Claudio Magris in English translation
MAP

1. A Question of Gutters

1. A Plaque
2. Donaueschingen Versus Furtwangen
3. The Report
4. Moralists and Geometricians at the Sources of the Breg
5. Mitteleuropa: Hinternational or All-German?
6. Noteentiendo
7. Homunculus
8. The Railway-Lines of Time
9. Bissula
10. The Source of the Brigach
11. The Sacristans of Messkirch
12. The Guide at Sigmaringen

2. The Universal Danube of Engineer Neweklowsky

1. Believing in Ulm
2. Two Thousand One Hundred and Sixty-Four Pages and
           Five Kilos Nine Hundred Grammes of Upper Danube
3. The Engineer Caught Between Conviction and Rhetoric
4. The Little Black Girl of the Danube
5. The German Idyll
6. The Capture of Ulm
7. With Their Bare Hands Against the Third Reich
8. A Funeral
9. A Pound of Bread
10. At the Pig Market
11. The Archivist of Affronts
12. Grillparzer and Napoleon
13. Deambulatory Therapy
14. From Lauingen to Dillingen
15. The Kitsch of Evil
16. An Empty Tomb
17. Marieluise Fleisser of Ingolstadt
18. The Roman Limes
19. A Walhalla and a Rose
20. Regensburg
21. In the Chamber of the Reich
22. The Six Points of Nothing
23. The Palm Sunday Ass
24. The Great Wheel
25. Eichmann in the Monastery
26. The Double Chins of Vilshofen
27. In the City of Passau
28. Kriemhild and Gudhrun, or the Two Families
29. The “Blue Inn” Waltz

3. In the Wachau

1. An Obituary in Linz
2. Suleika
3. A.E.I.O.U.
4. By Cut and Thrust
5. A Puff of Smoke
6. Mauthausen
7. A Drop of Oblivion
8. Ducks at Grein
9. A Cake for the Archduke
10. Kyselak
11. The Vineta of the Danube
12. Twenty Past Ten
13. Two-Headed Eagle and White-Tailed Eagle
14. Kierling, Hauptstrasse 187

4. Café Central

1. The Poet’s Dummy
2. Wittgenstein’s House
3. St Stephen
4. The Little Baroness Who Did Not Like Wagner
5. The Strudlhof Steps
6. Dorotheum
7. The Lies of the Poets
8. The Turks Before Vienna
9. Bloodstains
10. Among the Other Viennese
11. A Worthwhile Job
12. Gentzgasse, 7
13. Lukács in Vienna
14. I Was Only Asking
15. The Usual, Sir?
16. Josephinum
17. A Cabaret of Reality
18. Rembrandtstrasse, 35
19. On the Brink of Reality
20. Wiener Gruppe and Striptease
21. Karl-Marx-Hof
22. Uncle Otto
23. At the Crime Museum
24. “Happily Lived and Lightly Died”
25. Berggasse, 19
26. Space Odyssey
27. The Look Behind
28. Words, Words, Words
29. Eckhartsau
30. Carnuntum
31. A Minority that Wants to be Assimilated
32. When Haydn’s Around, Nothing can Go Wrong
33. More Gloomy and More Glorious

5. Castles and Huts

1. At the Red Prawn
2. Where are Our Castles?
3. That Obscure Object of Desire
4. To Each his Hour
5. A Working-Class Danubian Sunday
6. Roadside Cemeteries
7. On the Tatras
8. Old Books, Life and Law

6. Pannonia

1. At the Gates of Asia?
2. The King in Disguise
3. Kocsis
4. Tank-Tracks in the Snow
5. In the Mud of Pannonia
6. Sadly Magyar
7. An Imperial Bust Under the Stairs
8. The Innkeepers of Vác
9. Szentendre
10. An Ice-Cream in Budapest
11. The Tomb Among the Roses
12. The Epic, the Novel, and Women
13. Mitteleuropa and Antipolitics
14. Two Telegrams
15. Curvaceous Enlightenment
16. The Library on the Danube
17. A Bit of Stalin
18. Kalocsa
19. Epilogue at Baja
20. The Wine of Pécs
21. The Fake Czar
22. A Violin at Mohács

7. Grandma Anka

1. Thinking “With the Mind of Several Peoples”
2. A Green Horse
3. The Wise Councillor Tipoweiler
4. A Polyglot Parrot
5. Beneath the Bust of Lenau
6. Evergreen Vitality
7. Timişoara
8. A German Destiny
9. The Tomb of Octavián
10. An Ambiguous Jove
11. The City in the East
12. Transylvanismus
13. On the Clock-Tower
14. On the Brink of Silence
15. Hypothesis About a Suicide
16. Subotica, or the Poetry of Falsehood
17. Novi Sad and Neighbourhood
18. Frontiersmen
19. A Stalinist Werther
20. A Saga of Belgrade
21. At the Iron Gates

8. Doubtful Cartography

1. “They Scorn the Turks”
2. Autobiography of A Haiduk
3. Manuscripts in the Danube
4. Tartars and Circassians
5. Agent Rojesko
6. The Wave and the Ocean
7. The Macedonian Question
8. Green Bulgaria
9. The Tales of Čerkazki
10. The World Created by Satanail
11. The Bible of the Goths
12. Ruse
13. A Stentorian Museum
14. Graffiti at Ivanovo
15. The Stork and the Lamp-Post
16. The House of Elias Canetti

9. Matoas

1. On the Road to Evil
2. Gods and Pancakes
3. A Displaced Conference
4. The Marshal’s Window
5. Mahalá and Avant-Garde
6. The Slot-Machine of Poetry
7. At the Village Museum
8. Hiroshima
9. The Triumph of Trajan
10. Black Sea
11. The Thracian Horseman
12. The Dead City
13. At the Frontier
14. At the Delta
15. “Into the Great Sea”

Index




Notes on some topics covered:

The treatment of Hungarian literature is concentrated in Chapter 6: Pannonia, pp. 241-247.

Chapter 6: Pannonia: Section 6: Sadly Magyar, pp. 256-8. On Magyar literature & the sense of failure. Note also Mór Jókai.

György [Georg] Lukács:

Chapter 4: Café Central, section 13: Lukács in Vienna, pp. 187-8.

Chapter 6: Pannonia:

In section 3: Kocsis, p. 248: Lukács and Tibor Déry.
In section 10: An Ice-Cream in Budapest, pp. 261-3. Note also Mór Jókai.
In section 12: The Epic, the Novel and Women, p. 267.
Section 16: The Library on the Danube, pp. 271-5.

Mór Jókai:

Chapter 6: Pannonia:

In section 1: At the Gates of Asia?, Mór Jókai, p. 243.
Section 6: Sadly Magyar, pp. 256-8.
In section 10: An Ice-Cream in Budapest, p. 263.

Imre Madách:

In Chapter 6: Pannonia: section 20: The Wine of Pécs, p. 281.

Ma:

In Chapter 7: Grandma Anka, section 1: Thinking “With the Mind of Several Peoples”, p. 292: on Reiter Róbert in Ma magazine.

Franz Kafka

There are several references to Kafka. The most substantial are:

In Chapter 2: The Universal Danube of Engineer Neweklowsky, section 28: Kriemhild and Gudhrun, or the Two Families, p. 122.

Chapter 3: In the Wachau, section 14: Kierling, Hauptstrasse 187, pp. 162-4.



SOURCE: Magris, Claudio. Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea, translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh. London: The Harvill Press, 1997. 416 pp.


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