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Magris, Claudio.
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Microcosmi. English
Publication Information:
London : Harvill, 1999.
Physical Description:
277 pages ; 21 cm
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PQ4873.A3645 M5313 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Translated from the Italian, Magis delves into the environment of his Triestine homeland and uncovers the whole of human striving in a microcosm. The city's homes, cafes, markets and railway stations are all forums where humanity descends to transact its business, buy and sell, argue and orate, seek vengeance and do all that defines one as human.

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Library Journal Review

Magris, winner of the Strega PrizeDItaly's most important literary awardDand author of the highly praised travel narrative Danube, here invites the reader "to look again at the everyday and familiar and rediscover the sheer magic that lies within it." With his hometown of Trieste at the center, Magris leads the reader on a tour of the local taverns, cafs, homes, and other public gathering places of northern Italy. History and local folklore are interwoven into the many stories within stories that make up this book. Magris celebrates the joy of people and everyday living by talking to them and listening to their stories, unveiling their most delightful characters: Piero is an innkeeper in Collina obsessed with a murder that had taken place in town, Cristrano is a 12-year-old clam digger who saves a dog's life, and Doctor Velcecogna likes to sit in the caf holding the newspapers but does not read them. This is a fun and unique way of seeing Italy through the eyes of its people. Recommended for larger libraries.DStephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Lib., MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.