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Blindly
  • Sep 04, 2012
    400 p., 5 x 7 3/4

    ISBN: 9780300185362
  • PB-with Flaps: $16.00 
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Literary Studies


Series Information
The Margellos World Republic of Letters

Blindly

  • Claudio Magris; Translated by Anne Milano Appel
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Reviews

"A subtle, intelligent, and delicate story that, like a work of filigrane, you can read as a novel of adventures. A magnificent book."—Mario Vargas Llosa

"Blindly is an extraordinarily inventive, learned, poetic and entertaining dreambook, ranging over the world and the centuries and returning always to the prison island of Goli Otok It is surely a masterpiece."—John Banville

"I have read Claudio Magris's Blindly twice, in French and in English; but the real translation is his revelation of what is in his own words “the indistinct drama of life.” Never mind the literary ikon-busting Modernism, Post-Modernism. Not since Joyce’s Ulysses has there been great revelation of what the novel can be. Magris achieves this in fully realizing his own statement. The novel “is a voice that expresses not what we have consciously become but what we might have become and what we erupt at times, what we could be and hope and fear we can be.” Time-frame of this narration perhaps by a madman to the contemporary Confessor, the psychiatrist, is two centuries held in a contemporary mind adventurously, with ruthless insight and the cut and thrust of wit. Told by different people in different countries and under political edicts the “madman” in the splendid humanity of hubris: “I want to set the world right instead of trying to find myself a safe haven.”—Nadine Gordimer

“The prose, which meanders through the crevasses of a complicated mind, takes off and reads like poetry.”—The New Yorker

“[A] fascinating approach, impressively textured…Quite a remarkable work.”—The Complete Review

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