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  • Published: 15 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784871321
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $26.00
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A Different Sea




An illuminating portrait of a world in ferment after the Great War, and a man seeking for an authentic life

Early this century Enrico, a young intellectual, leaves the city of Gorizia with its abundant population and culture, to spend several years living on the Patagonian pampas, alone with his ancient Greek texts, his flocks and, every now and then, a woman. He has been taught by his closest friend, Carlo, a philosopher/poet who commits suicide in his early twenties, to search for an authentic life, free of social falsehoods. But in his search for this unattainable goal, Enrico destroys every chance he has of a normal existence. This is portrait of a world in ferment, a decaying empire shaken by war and revolution, and a life-long search for meaning.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784871321
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Claudio Magris

Claudio Magris, born in 1939, is an Italian scholar, translator and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Turin, where he studied Germanistics, and has been professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Trieste since 1978. He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and for other European journals and newspapers. Professor Magris is a member of several European academies and served as senator in the Italian Senate from 1994 to 1996.
His novels include Danube, A Different Sea and Microcosms. Magris won the Strega Prize in 1998 for Danube. He was also awarded the Erasmus prize 2001 and a Prince of Asturias Awards for Literature in 2004. On 31 July 2006 Austria awarded its annual state prize for European literature to Magris.

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Praise for A Different Sea

“Claudio Magris can now be numbered among the great Europeans of the late twentieth century, a writer whose books illuminate not just the history, literature and philosophy of the continent but the human condition itself”

Guardian

“Quietly devastating and...bitterly funny study of the dangers of philosophy...a very human book”

Independent

“This shrewd and deeply intelligent novelist...deserves to be read again and again”

Daily Telegraph


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