Claudio Magris was born in Trieste in the year 1939. He graduated from the University of Turin, where he studied German studies, and has ha a professor of modern German literature at the University of Trieste since 1978.
His most well knwon book is Danubio ( 1986), which is a magnum opus. In a book Magris tracks the course of the Danube from its sources to the sea. The whole trip evolves into a colorful, rich canvas of the multicultural European history.
He 's translated the works of Ibsen, Kleist and Schnitzler, among others, and he published also essays about Robert Musil, Jorge Luis Borges, Hermann Hesse and many others.