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Who is the mysterious narrator of "Blindly"? Clearly a recluse and a fugitive, but what more of him can we discern? Baffled by the events of his own life, he muses, "When I write, and even now when I think back on it, I hear a kind of buzzing, blathered words that I can barely understand, gnats droning around a table lamp, that I have to continually swat away with my hand, ...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Yale University Press (first published 2005)
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Blindly by Claudio Magris (Yale UP, 2012. Trans. from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel)

Claudio Magris, one of the most respected contemporary European intellectuals, is virtually unknown in the US—that’s why the publication of his novel, Blindly, in Anne Milano Appel’s very skilful translation, is a welcome change.

As all the reviewers have observed, it is hard to identify who the narrator in this novel is: is he “Comrade Cippico,” a Communist (not “anti-Communist,” as the book jacket wrongly sta
Yuri Faenza
May 10, 2015 Yuri Faenza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salvatore Cippico tells his life of Italian-Australian partisan from the early 20th century to the 90s. His ideas ground by History and his body crushed by the torturers, he ends up old and insane in a psychiatric hospital. One lost battle after the other, he tells his doctor how he was sent to Dachau because he was communist, and then to a concentration camp in Yugoslavia because he was on Stalin's side when the alliance with Tito was broken. Of his love for figureheads and how they remember hi ...more
Michael Spindler
Mar 10, 2013 Michael Spindler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual novel that has a poetic intensity. There is an unnamed first-person narrator ostensibly telling the story of his life to a 'Doctor', but he recounts experiences(usually of suffering)that range from 18th-century deportation to Australia to Dachau and a postWW2 prison in the former Yugoslavia, to Iceland. There are recurring references to the myth of Jason and the Argonauts and repeated invocations of ships' figureheads. It is left ambivalent whether the narrator is delusional, ...more
Núria Araüna
Jun 14, 2012 Núria Araüna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's one of the best reflections I have ever read on human condition/nature and disappointment -and love, and loss-. Moreover it is marvelously written through parallel narratives in different historical contexts with something in common (if you want, a kind of 'Intolerance' structure but with much more deep values than those of Griffith).
Matheus Alástico
I gave decides to read this book because it was one of the books selected for the Literature Nobel.
I think it is a quite hard book. I needed to read many times the same page to understand whats about. And now that I finished Im not so sure whats about the book. Its hard to understand, quite confusing and the reading does not flows...!!
No a good choise.
Sep 23, 2015 Vilis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pēc pirmajām pārdesmit lappusēm uz brīdi gribēju mest malā, jo jutos iebridis pārāk dziļos džungļos, bet pie beigām jau biju mērenā sajūsmā, vēl jo vairāk tāpēc, ka hiperintelektuāli politvēsturiski romāni man parasti neko daudz pie sirds neiet.
Mario Rufino
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Oct 30, 2009 Luc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
De stijl is mij toch wat te intellectualistisch. Dit was effe doorbijten. Anderzijds is de vermenging van herinneringen briljant gedaan.
Aug 16, 2015 Nicxy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Magris è un grande saggista (Danubio, Microcosmi) e un bravo scrittore (illazioni su una sciabola, un altro mare) ma sul romanzo di ampio respiro non è convincente.
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Claudio Magris was born in Trieste in the year 1939. He 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.

His major work is Danubio (1986), which is a magnum opus. In this book Magris tracks the course of the Danube from its sources to the sea. The whole trip evolves into a colorful
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