Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere
My position toward this book is privileged, since I was born and raised in Trieste, and even though I haven't been living there for some time it's still my dearest town, the one I know bet...more
The time was well spent, though. Morris paints an interesting portrait of Trieste, a city I’ve never been to (and one which, according to a possibly apocryphal 1999 poll, 70% of Italians don’t realize is ...more
I read this on a plane to Trieste. By the time I touched down, I felt I understood the town, that I had gained a sense of it in a way that effectively melds history, culture, geography, inhabitants, quirks, and features. On our fir ...more
After a lifetime in journalism, travel- and history-writing, this book was to be he ...more
Okay, now (in 2013), I've just reread the book and find that it gets stronger as it goes on. The initial ch ...more
I have always been fascinated by Trieste, and was looking forward to reading Jan Morris' impressions of the city. Unfortunately, I found the book a rather rambling discourse about life and European history in general, rather than about Trieste and its place in the world.
On page one we find this:
"The sensation is rather like those arcane moments of hush that sometimes interrupt a perfectly ordinary conversation, and are said to signify the passing of an angel. Perhaps on biblical grounds - something to do with the Crucifixion? - these are popularly supposed to happen at ten minutes before the hour, and it is odd how frequently they do."
So not only does Jan believe in angels, and their hushing passing t ...more
Her book captures the melancholy of a cosmopolitan city that peaked in the 18th & 19th centuries as Austria-Hungary's main port on the Mediterranean. But the port lost it's importance when it became part of Italy in the early 20th century, and it's been a relic of a grander era of empire ever since.
The EU has brought some economic promise back to Trieste. Jan Morris published this just a ...more
Jan Morris is a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her former name, "James Morris", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and ...more