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September 15, 1999

Italian Author Claudio Magris To Read

Italian author and journalist Claudio Magris will read from his book, Microcosms, on Friday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. No tickets are required. The reading is sponsored by the Library's European Division and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Professor Magris was born in 1939 in Trieste. He graduated from the University of Turin and is now professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Trieste. He is an essayist and columnist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and other European journals and newspapers. Professor Magris is a member of several European academies and was a senator in the Italian Parliament from 1994 to 1996.

His first book, The Habsburg Myth in Modern Austrian Literature (1963), rediscovered central European literature. His journalistic writings have been collected in Behind Words (1978) and Ithaca and Beyond (1982). He has written essays on Hoffmann, Ibsen, Svevo, Musil, Hesse, and Borges. His novels and theater productions include Inferences on a Sabre (1984), Danube (1986), Stadelmann (1988), A Different Sea (1991), and Microcosms (1997), which was awarded the Strega Prize, Italy's most important literary award, and which has been translated into 12 languages. Professor Magris's latest book is Utopia e disincanto (1999), a collection of essays.

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PR 99-132
9/15/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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