In Nino’s Attic

Claudio MagrisA new addition to my libraries in fiction collection:

“Up in Nino’s attic in Gorizia they would read Homer, the tragedians, the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and the New Testament in the original Greek; the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Sermon of Benares and the other teachings of Buddha; Ibsen, Leopardi, and Tolstoy.”

Claudio Magris, A Different Sea, trans. M. S. Spurr

4 thoughts on “In Nino’s Attic

  1. i’ve always liked magris a lot, bit like calasso, but different. he’s great on joseph roth… very generous stuff. although the microcosmi fizzle out a bit, sort of not as good as his other work…


    • I read Danube years ago, and didn’t read anything else. My recent trip to Prague brought Danube to mind again, so I must also reread that.


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