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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Who is the mysterious narrator of Blindly? He is clearly a recluse and a fugitive. It is Jorgen Jorgenson, the nineteenth-century adventurer who became king of Iceland but was condemned to forced labour in the Antipodes. But it is also Comrade Cippico, militant Italian communist, imprisoned for years in Tito's gulag on the "naked island" of Goli Otok. And it is the many pa ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Hamish Hamilton Canada (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
Fatih Balkış
Claudio Magris Triesteli bir yazar. İtalya'nın doğusunda eski Yugoslavya sınırında olan Trieste, bir sınır kenti olmanın verdiği gerginliği tüm yüz yıl boyunca yaşamış bir şehir. Karmaşık etnik ve dil yapısı, kültürlerin iç içe geçmişliği, sınırları defalarca çizilmeye çalışılmış bu şehri daha da ilginç kılıyor. İki kez Yugoslavya ve İtalya arasında seçim yapmak zorunda kalan Triesteliler, nihai olarak İtalya'yı tercih etmişler, ama sosyalizmin bu kent üzerindeki etkisi hiçbir zaman kaybolmamış. ...more
Yuri Faenza
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
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.
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.
Michael Spindler
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
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.
Núria Araüna
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).
F Cats
De stijl is mij toch wat te intellectualistisch. Dit was effe doorbijten. Anderzijds is de vermenging van herinneringen briljant gedaan.
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