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I gave decides to read this book because it was one of the books selected for the Literature Nobel.I think it is a quite hard book I needed to read many times the same page to understand whats about And now that I finished Im not so sure whats about the book Its hard to understand, quite confusing and the reading does not flows No a good choise. Marvellous writing each chapter can be read as a prose poem in a long cycle rather than as a chapter in a novel but what was the book s point I found myself asking the question after the first 10 or so pages and was still asking it at the end Magris apparently wanted to write about a post WWII prison island in the former Yugoslavia He did so effectively in this wandering reminiscence imagining by a fictional elderly patient in a mental hospital But he had this narrator juxtapose a pseudo memory of Jorgen Jorgensen, a remarkable real life Danish adventurer from the early 1800s, with the modern story the conceit being that the narrator thinks he lived earlier as Jorgensen.Magris saw the older story as a distorted reflection of the modern one and threw in a few citations from the story of Jason and the Argonauts for a third layer One story was to reinforce the other I did not see any kind of reflection, let alone a parallel I willingly read the whole book because it was written and translated so well But still And so the decision on the rating 4 stars for style, technique and, as the cover blurb says, the poetic intensity, but 2 stars for the story average 3 A good enough read that I will probably look up his book Danube someday. DOWNLOAD ☤ Alla cieca ⚕ Who Is The Mysterious Narrator Of Blindly He Is Clearly A Recluse And A Fugitive It Is Jorgen Jorgenson, The Nineteenth Century Adventurer Who Became King Of Iceland But Was Condemned To Forced Labour In The Antipodes But It Is Also Comrade Cippico, Militant Italian Communist, Imprisoned For Years In Tito S Gulag On The Naked Island Of Goli Otok And It Is The Many Partisans, Prisoners, Sailors, And Stowaways Who Recount The Perils Of Travel, War, And AdventureIn A Shifting, Choral Monologue Part Confession, Part Psychiatric Session A Man Recounts Invents, Falsifies, Hides, Screams Out His Life, Which Has Passed Through The Horrors, The Hopes, And The Revolutions Of The Last Century And Through Widely Different Lands And SeasHailed As A Masterpiece Upon Its Initial Publication In Italy, Blindly Is A Novel Of Highly Original, Poetic Intensity, A Jacob S Ladder Reversed To Descend Into The Nether Regions Of History And, In Particular, Of The Twentieth Century Salvatore Cippico tells his life of Italian Australian partisan from the early 20th century to the 90s His ideas ground by History and his body crushed by the torturers, he ends up old and insane in a psychiatric hospital One lost battle after the other, he tells his doctor how he was sent to Dachau because he was communist, and then to a concentration camp in Yugoslavia because he was on Stalin s side when the alliance with Tito was broken Of his love for figureheads and how they remember him of Maria, that he loved and abandoned when the Party asked him to do so Of how once in his life he was among the torturers, too when the communists slaughtered the anarchists during the civil war in Spain.But his story has to be disentangled from his delirium, where he is also Jorgen Jorgensen, a Danish adventurer that was king of Islands for two weeks and prisoner for most of the rest of his life, and finally one of the chiefs of the extermination of the aboriginal Australians And where he is also Jason, who brings back the golden Fleece reddened by the blood of his sailors and of his enemies and many.The whole novel is written as the stream of consciousness of Cippico Magris hides in it passages of great literature and reflections on the eternal war between the needs of History and those of individuals It is hard not to be sucked into the vortex of the main character s thoughts and their quick pace this makes the book quite a difficult read Take your time to linger over the most intense passages. An old man, apparently in a psychiatric clinic, tells about his life he was a member of the Italian communist party, fought in the Spanish civil war, got arrested at Dachau, then in a camp in Yugoslavia, etc.At the same time, he also tells about his previous life, in the XIX century, as a sailor, briefly king of Iceland, worker in Australia according to the narrator, he was reborn along the way.Interesting thing not only he treats this fact as very normal, a couple of times he says decisions he made at the XIX century where based in his experiences of the XX centuryThis is a winding book, very well written, quite poetic You get the whole story in the first chapters, and then the narrator will become specific about each event We have many less known historic subjects The colonization of Australia, concentration camps in Yugoslavia for the enemies of Tito, Iceland and its relations with England and Denmark, etc A lot of stuff about navigation Of course everything about the communist party and how the left fought between them anarchists vs socialists vs communists got my attention, but history of Australia and Iceland are not things I care too much about but they are interesting The book evidently was written by a professor, by someone who did a lot of research.The main problem is that, in my opinion, it lacks a bit of heart Instead of the character acting, he is quite passive it s like history is acting upon him This is intentional, I believe the nautical terms and analogies abound and with Jason and the golden fleece , and in fact the character seems like a man who got into a ship which carries him to another place Most everything he lives is because someone else has arrested him sent him here or there etc.In short, very well written, but too much research If this were a song insted of a book, I would say the musician was too technical. De ik figuur, een psychiatrische patient, vertelt zijn belevenissen als een soort stream of consciousness aan zijn psychiater Hij is kennelijk een Australische Italiaanse communist, die in de nodige oorlogen en schermutselingen heeft gevochten Alles loopt door elkaar Tussendoor vertelt hij ook nog de lotgevallen van Jason en de Argonauten, Hij was destijds Jorgen Jorgensen, een Deens Ijslandse piraat, die drie weken koning van Ijsland was en vervolgens na door de Engelsen naar Australie te zijn gestuurd in Tasmanie de stad Hobart stichtte Van recenter datum is zijn verblijf in Dachau, de Gulag, op het gevangeniseiland Goli Otok van Tito en zijn deelname aan de Spaanse burgeroorlog Klinkt verwarrend en dat is het ook Je moet goed opletten als je dit boek leest Maar..het is prachtig geschreven en er zit veel filosofie en historie in Bij nachecken in Wikipedia en Google blijken de feiten en de namen wel te kloppen Horen alleen niet bij een persoon De stukken over Tasmanie deden mij veel denken aan het boek van Richard Flanagan Goulds book of fish. This is an unusual novel that has a poetic intensity There is an unnamed first person narrator ostensibly telling the story of his life to a Doctor , but he recounts experiences usually of suffering that range from 18th century deportation to Australia to Dachau and a postWW2 prison in the former Yugoslavia, to Iceland There are recurring references to the myth of Jason and the Argonauts and repeated invocations of ships figureheads It is left ambivalent whether the narrator is delusional, mistaking books he has read for his own direct experience, and is talking to his psychiatrist, or if he, as an everyman figure, has been repeatedly reincarnated. That s one of the best reflections I have ever read on human condition nature and disappointment and love, and loss Moreover it is marvelously written through parallel narratives in different historical contexts with something in common if you want, a kind of Intolerance structure but with much deep values than those of Griffith. Blindly by Claudio Magris Yale UP, 2012 Trans from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel Claudio Magris, one of the most respected contemporary European intellectuals, is virtually unknown in the US that s why the publication of his novel, Blindly, in Anne Milano Appel s very skilful translation, is a welcome change.As all the reviewers have observed, it is hard to identify who the narrator in this novel is is he Comrade Cippico, a Communist not anti Communist, as the book jacket wrongly states of Italian origin, who ends up, together with other Italian comrades in Tito s gulag on the island of Goli Otok Or is he Jorgen Jorgenson, a nineteenth century adventurer with a twisted background, who is condemned to forced labor in Australia As it becomes clear from early on, he is both Magris creates a speaker of mixed identities and a listener the man to whom he confesses, who might be a psychiatrist equally ambiguous.Blindly is a challenging, intriguing and beautifully written novel, but, above all, it is a novel of ideas hence the question what s the book s message A novel needn t have a message, but this one clearly has one the problem is that, although the ideas in it are easy to identify, the overall message is not Since Comrade Cippico has been interned at Dachau before Goli Otok, we can assume that he represents the little man crushed by history from all sides, right and left, Nazis and Communists But Cippico, who, like his comrades, is in search of the golden fleece, doesn t abandon his search and his belief in communism, even after his horrific tortures in Tito s gulag, and this is where the novel s ambiguity becomes problematic We don t get the sense the Magris deconstructs this search, but rather, that he presents Cippico simply as a victim of, let s call them some bad manipulators of history Also, consider this reflection Those who want to keep man enslaved like the Fascists, the Nazis, the capitalists Statements like this made me less enthusiastic than I might have been about this novel I m no fan of the capitalists, but to list them next to the Nazis, especially after having called Dachau the apocalypse, is the kind of rushed talk one expects from a righteous freshman, and not from someone with Magris s credentials Besides, what capitalists are we talking about here People who have capital Anyone with a bank account Yes, I am aware that the narrator doesn t equal Magris, but since this is an ideologically charged novel, the author s own ideas are relevant, and the reader can often guess when he identifies with the character s speech.A technique Magris uses is the contemporary rewriting of Greek myths and characters the golden fleece is one of them By inserting them in a contemporary setting he demystifies them and attempts to achieve some kind of universalization of his own characters and events the same old Charon going by the name of Daniel O Leary the ruse is successful, a facelift that makes him seem much younger This technique was very popular before WWII, in particular among French playwrights, such as Giraudoux but today, this seems a bit outdated.Luckily, I was patient enough to read until the end, and at page 316, I stumbled upon this great passage The fleece suffocates, it brings death to whoever touches it Every previous possessor, robbed by a subsequent one, is in turn a usurper who appropriated it unlawfully aha We are getting to the lesson Give it back to the animal, killed and flayed in homage to the gods always thirsting for blood only on the sheep s back was the fleece in its rightful placeItalics mine I confess, I wasn t expecting this This is definitely better than Giraudoux When a novelist is a historian and a historian is a novelis, the process of writing a novel about a historical event is in most cases too challenging for the writer to accomplish the feat with the heightened inspiration that makes for a great novel Magris overcame this problem by not writing the story of about 2000 Italian communists from Monfalcone, Italy, who moved to communist Yugoslavia after WWII yet found themselves condemned to suffer on Goli Otok, Tito s prison island, when they were caught up in the bureaucratic mess that resulted from Tito s break from Stalin That is to say that Magris did not write this story until the mystical process of inspiration rose uninvited, at least consciously, in the woods of figureheads and then the novel was an inevitable and brilliant feat of writing that swarms centuries and bleeds fishblood as prose.