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Claudio Magris, the Italian academic and writer at the Cuban's Book Fair.
He also worked at Freiberg University and is professor of Philosophy and Letters from the University of Trieste, the city where he was born.

Magris is recognized in Europe for his essay work and as a narrator. The central theme of his speech are "the most urgent problems of todays identity", therefore, by coming to the Havana event, he will also take part at the space Encuentro con... (A meeting with ...) presented by the journalist Magda Resik, at the Nicolas Guillen Hall, on Wednesday the 20 of February at 4pm. There he will also present his book Utopia y desencanto (Utopia and disillusionment) in Mecenas edition. Together with Atilio Caballero he will also talk with the public at Tribu de la Palabra, on Friday the 22 of February at 2 pm.

In his fictional novels he creates a mixture between the narrative and the essay, while also cultivate the testimony in memory books such as Conjeturas sobre un sable (Speculation about a sable) (1984), El Danubio (The Danube)(1986), considered his master work, Otro mar (Another see) (1991), Microcosmos (Micro cosmos) (1997) and A ciegas (In blindness) (2005).

Also, as a philosopher, he studied the work of important authors such as Hoffmann, Italo Svevo, Robert Musil, Hermann Hesse anmd Jorge Luis Borges and has translated to Italian the work of Henrik Ibsen, Heinrich von Kleist and Arthur Schnitzler. He has also left the mar of his reflexive prose in the press.

This extremely laborious man, has received several recognitions for the work of his life, such as Strega award (1997), the most important in the Italian letters, the Erasmus in Holland (2001) and the journalist award Juan Carlos I for his article "El titiritero de Madrid" (The puppeteer of Madrid) published in Il Corriere della Sera.

This distinguished intellectual received the title Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine of the Italian Republic (2002), the Golden Medal of the Arts Circle of Madrid (2003) and the Príncipe de Asturias in letters in 2004, because as the jury indicated: "he has in his writing the best humanist tradition and represent the plural image of the European literature in the beginnings of the XXI century".

His presence in Havana is an opportunity to widen our information and to enrich our perspective in that virtual dialogue of thinking and literature to be developed in one of the main stages of the event.


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