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By Claudio Magris

Translated via M. S. Spurr

Early this century Enrico, a tender highbrow, leaves the abundantly various Austro-Hungarian urban of Gorizia with its combined inhabitants and tradition, to spend a number of years residing at the Patagonian pampas, by myself along with his historic Greek texts, his flocks and each from time to time a lady. He has been taught through his closest pal, Carlo, a philosopher/poet who commits suicide in his early twenties, to look for an real existence, freed from social falsehoods. yet in his look for this inconceivable aim, Enrico destroys each likelihood he has of a typical life; even after his go back to reside 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 existence and personality of Enrico, ostensibly one among Life's mess ups, Claudio Magris paints a remarkably clever and observant photo of an entire international in ferment, that of the decaying Austro-Hungarian empire, shaken to its foundations by means of the nice battle, and rising from the German profession and the Communist revolution ripe for disintegration and without end looking, as does Enrico, for a cause to head on residing.

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