Claudio Magris: Narrating Europe: Writing from the borderland

24Oct2017 25Oct2017 19:00


On the occasion of the visit of Claudio Magris to Amsterdam, two encounters with students, staff and the public are organized by Linda Pennings, Milou van Hout and Maria Urban at the University of Amsterdam and in De Balie.

24 Oct. | 19.00 - 21.00 | : Incontro con il Pubblico @ Istituto Italiano di Cultura
25 Oct. | 19.30 - 21.00 @ De Balie Amsterdam *

Migration, globalization, the rise of populism and a turbulent history create complex identity issues in our contemporary societies. During his visit to Amsterdam Claudio Magris speaks with us about literary imagination, changing borders and identity politics. What does his intellectual, artistic and political engagement mean for current public debates in Europe? How can literature contribute to such complex European issues and challenges?

Author, professor and essayist Claudio Magris became known for his cultural history Danube (1986). His most recent work Non Luogo a Procedere has recently been published in Dutch translation by Linda Pennings as Het Museum Van Oorlog (De Bezige Bij). Magris has been awarded many European prizes – such as the Premio Strega, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the Erasmus Prize. At the Erasmus Prize of 2001 the author was renowned for his ability to sharply identify how European and urban-diversity influence our perception of identity.

The city of Trieste and its surrounding region play a key role in Magris' thinking and writing. As a city that is situated at the intersection of the European continent, Trieste has been home for - among many others - Italians, Slovenes, Austrians and Jews. This melting pot of cultures and languages turned Trieste into a borderland with a rich history full of encounters but also with a complicated past. What to learn from Trieste and its complex history? How should we deal with the past and present of Europe?

Livestream De Balie

This programme is organized in cooperation with The University of Amsterdam and made possible by ARTES, Huizinga Institute for Cultural History, ASCA and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Amsterdam.

* Please note there is a limited number of free tickets available for students at de Balie event. For free tickets, students can send an email mentioning name, study program and student number to 


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