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By Claudio Magris

Translated via M. S. Spurr

Early this century Enrico, a tender highbrow, leaves the abundantly assorted Austro-Hungarian urban of Gorizia with its combined inhabitants and tradition, to spend numerous years dwelling at the Patagonian pampas, on my own along with his historical Greek texts, his flocks and each at times a lady. He has been taught by means of his closest buddy, Carlo, a philosopher/poet who commits suicide in his early twenties, to go looking for an actual existence, freed from social falsehoods. yet in his look for this not possible aim, Enrico destroys each likelihood he has of a standard lifestyles; even after his go back to dwell a lifetime of ever-increasing isolation by way of the Istrian beach, his makes an attempt at human sex, at significant love, are thwarted. In recounting the lifestyles and personality of Enrico, ostensibly one among Life's disasters, Claudio Magris paints a remarkably clever and observant photograph of a complete global in ferment, that of the decaying Austro-Hungarian empire, shaken to its foundations through the good conflict, and rising from the German profession and the Communist revolution ripe for disintegration and ceaselessly looking, as does Enrico, for a cause to move on dwelling.

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