Jan Morris (then James) first visited Trieste as a soldier at the end of the Second World War. Since then, the city has come to represent her own life, with all its hopes, disillusionments, loves and memories. Here, her thoughts on a host of subjects - ships, cities, cats, sex, nationalism, Jewishness, civility and kindness - are inspired by the ...
Jan Morris (then James) first visited Trieste as a soldier at the end of the Second World War. Since then, the city has come to represent her own life, with all its hopes, disillusionments, loves and memories. Here, her thoughts on a host of subjects - ships, cities, cats, sex, nationalism, Jewishness, civility and kindness - are inspired by the presence of Trieste, and recorded in or between the lines of this book. Evoking the whole of its modern history, from its explosive growth to wealth and fame under the Habsburgs, through the years of Fascist rule to the miserable years of the Cold War, when rivalries among the great powers prevented its creation as a free city under United Nations auspices, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is neither a history nor a travel book; like the place, it is one of a kind.
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The book did not seem to " put me there" as many travel books do.
Jan 14, 2010
A very good read
I had a personal interest in this book, my father's mother having been a Morpurgo.. and Jan Morris writes so well it's always a treat to read him.
Jul 2, 2009
The City -- a mystery
Trieste -- one has to know about it to find it or want to go to this far off corner to experience it. Rich in the history of European royality and war necessity or convenience, it has changed hands through what ever army marched through. BUT it is and Italian city and you'll learn to love it. It is a very personal view by the author, not a third party intellectual fact book. Then you'll have to go there.
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