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Amid wars, failed revolutions and the shifting of frontiers, the bit-part players often have the best tales to tell - an astonishing, genre-blurring travelogue from Italian master Claudio Magris

In the tiny borderlands of Istria and Italy, from the forests of Monte Nevoso, to the hidden valleys of the Tyrol, to a Trieste café, Microcosms pieces together a mosaic of stories - comic, tragic, picaresque, nostalgic - from life's minor characters. Their worlds might be small, but they are far from minimalist: in them flashes the great, the meaningful, the unrepeatable significance of every existence.


A haunting amalgam of travelogue, autobiography and impressionist sketch book

Jonathan Keates, Literary Review

Claudio Magris is engaged on a seductively exciting journey of the imagination, which enriches and enthrals

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Microcosms, in its subtly magical blend of the public and the personal, of the inner voice and the voices without, of the café and of the study, of the hearth and of the world, is a unique and wonderful achievement

John Banville, New York Review of Books

A haunting series of evocations and recollections... the very antithesis of your run-of-the-mill travel book

Jan Morris, Observer

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  • Paperback


    January 3, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    288 pages

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    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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