Claudio Magris

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Claudio Magris
Claudio Magris in 2009
Born (1939-04-10) 10 April 1939 (age 80)
Trieste, Kingdom of Italy
OccupationScholar, translator and writer
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Turin
Notable worksDanubio

Claudio Magris (born 10 April 1939) is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He was an Senator for Friuli-Venezia Giulia from 1994 to 1996.


Life and prizes

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.

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

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. 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).

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  1. "Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2009 a Claudio Magris" (in German). Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. Retrieved 2009-09-27.

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