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Yes your confusion is due to the flabbiness of the words "left" and "right" as applicable to politics, and this includes a general flabbiness and a certain relativity, 'center' in the US, for instance, would be (slightly) 'right-wing' in Germany. 'center' in France, in most respects, would be (slighty) 'left-wing' in Germany. Italy appears to be very hard to calculate in these terms...

So anything I say is due to the right/left-dichotomy as Germans use it. I have no idea about Belgium. Now. a second caveat. The book is a work of fiction, which means I didn't say that Magris was strongly right-wing, his speaker is. As I haven't read anything else of his I have no way of approximating his distance to his speaker in that book.

That said, the book combines many attitudes typical of the conservative mindset. I can only point you to German quotes, like the one above, and it's not individual quotes, really, it's the combined weight of the book, the recurring pressing of the same points. There are particularly salient passages, like the one above or one involving D'Annunzio.

It's not right-wing enough to be actually fascist, it actually denounces fascism in a mild way repeatedly. It's like Thomas Mann pre-1920, or Hofmannsthal (whom being right-wing cost the Nobel Prize, which went to Mann who had -by then- converted to left wingish/center politics, at least in some respects), or even like Hermann Löns. Or, to leave German lit, somewhat like the Fugitives/Agrarians (strong emphasis on the 'somewhat' here).

Was that confusing?

btw. in OUR political spectrum you can be right wing and still pro-Europe.
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Claudio Magris · Continental European writers