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Blameless

by Claudio Magris Yale University Press
Pub Date:
06/2017
ISBN:
9780300218480
Format:
Hbk 368 pages
Price:
AU$39.99 NZ$43.47
Product Status: In Stock Now
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Claudio Magris's searing new novel ruthlessly confronts the human obsession with war and its savagery in every age and every country. His tale centers on a man whose maniacal devotion to the creation of a Museum of War involves both a horrible secret and the hope of redemption. Luisa Brooks, his museum's curator, a descendant of victims of Jewish exile and of black slavery, has a complex dilemma: will the collections she exhibits save humanity from repeating its tragic and violent past? Or might the display of articles of war actually valorize and memorialize evil atrocities?


 


In Blameless Magris affirms his mastery of the novel form, interweaving multiple themes and traveling deftly through history. With a multitude of stories, the author investigates individual sorrow, the societal burden of justice aborted, and the ways in which memory and historical evidence are sabotaged or sometimes salvaged.
“Through an accumulation of devastating details . . . Magris examines war as a universal force that pervades history and the very specific horror that enveloped his home city of Trieste after WWII. . . . Like war itself, this novel reveals its ineffable mysteries though it resists being understood too easily.”—Kirkus Reviews
Claudio Magris, professor emeritus of modern German literature, University of Trieste, is a recipient of the Erasmus Prize among scores of other literary awards. His best-selling novel Danube has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Trieste, Italy.


 


Anne Milano Appel, an award-winning translator, recently received the Italian Prose Translation Award. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.