A writer of enormous erudition and wide-ranging travels, Claudio Magris selects for this volume writings penned during trips and wanderings over the span of several decades. He has traveled through these years with many beloved companions, to whom he dedicates the book, and sought the kind of journey "that occurs when you abandon yourself to [the gentle current of time] and to whatever life brings."
Taken together Magris's essays share a clearly identified theme. They represent the motif of the journey in all its aspects-literary, metaphysical, spiritual, mythical, philosophical, historical-as well as the author's comprehensive understanding of the subject or, one might say, of his own way of being in the world. Traveling from Spain to Germany to Poland, Norway, Vietnam, Iran, and Australia, he records particular moments and places through a highly personal lens. A writer's writer and a reader's traveler, Magris proves that wandering is equal part wondering.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 25 mm
"These essays tease out intricate relations of histories, literatures, languages, and peoples, subcultures nested within cultures. . . . Magris' collection celebrates and preserves what should have never been forgotten in the first place."--Michael Autrey, Booklist Online
"These pieces display the erudition and charm for which Magris is known . . . laced with both wisdom and fellow-feeling."--John Toren, Rain Taxi