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Trieste, Jan Morris begins, is not one of your iconic cities, instantly visible in the memory or the imagination. The Meaning of Nowhere - the clue is in the subtitle. Reading Trieste proves a much more transporting experience than one might derive from any number of standard travelogues.

Trieste, Jan Morris begins, is not one of your iconic cities, instantly visible in the memory or the imagination. It offers no unforgettable landmark, no universally familiar melody, no unmistakable cuisine, hardly a single native name that everyone knows. In truth, it has little in common with Morris's travel books on Oxford, say, or Venice, much more so with her magnificent Hav novellas.

Jan Morris lived and wrote as James Morris. a change of sexual role. The Trieste effect, I call it. It is as though I have been taken, for a brief sententious glimpse, out of time to nowhere. I AM not the first to associate the city with nowhereness. The Viennese playwright Hermann Bahr, arriving there in 1909, said he felt as though he were suspended in unreality, as if he were nowhere at all. Trieste is a highly subjective sort of place, and often inspires such fancies. People who have never been there generally don’t know where it is.

To call Jan Morris's Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere a travel book would be as reductive and wrong as calling Hamlet a soap opera. See all Product description. Love the elegiac qualities and the mixing of the personal and the historic. I loved the sense of this being her last book and Trieste, that unsung but highly interesting city, being its focus. Helped bring a brief visit to the city more to life.

Jan Morris evokes Trieste's modern history - from the long period of wealth and stability under the Habsburgs, through the ambiguities of Fas-cism and the hardships of the Cold War. She has been going to Trieste for more than half a century and has come to see herself reflected in it: not just he. . She has been going to Trieste for more than half a century and has come to see herself reflected in it: not just her interests and preoccupations - cities, empires, ships and animals - but her intimate convictions about such matters as patriotism, sex, civility and kindness. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is the culmination of a singular career.

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He built it, and called it Miramar. of Tuscany and of Cracow, Duke of Lorraine, Lord of Trieste, and he was a sailor by profession. Not long after our encounter with him at the Obelisk he became the commander of the Austrian fleet, with his headquarters in Trieste

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Jan Morris is a wonderful prose stylist. Her every sentence is a delight. I learnt so much about Trieste, from reading this book. I learnt so much about Trieste, from reading this book in the most delightful. com User, January 18, 2003. But with deft strokes, septuagenarian Jan Morris, in Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, depicts an exiled city in whose distinctive soul she has long seen reflections of herself.

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The travel author and historian journeys to the beguiling city of Trieste, Italy, which has enchanted her for more than fifty years, to explore issues of patriotism, decency, wildness, and sex.
  • Buridora
,that is, Trieste, which is the “epitome of Mitteleuropa – of Europe distilled, as it were.” So wrote Jan Morris, who started life as James Morris, about one of those delightful “niche’’ places on the map, whose original purpose has long been superseded. Can the purpose for its existence be “re-invented”? Morris cites similar other places, like Danzig or Tangiers. I thought of an air force base in eastern New Mexico that was given three years to find a purpose for its existence, or it would be closed down. (Sure enough, they found one!)

Trieste was founded as the port city for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was dissolved at the end of World War I. Its natural hinterland was present day Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, et al. Morris identifies 1897 as the imperial high water mark, when the band played the Radetzky March in the Plaza, of which only hints of its former grandeur remain (I listened to the March on YouTube trying to obtain a feeling for that time.) On the edge of three ethnic “tectonic plates,” Slav, German and Italian, the city truly has been a political football. It took “the world” almost a decade after the Second World War to decide what to do with it: should it be part of Yugoslavia, an Independent City, or part of Italy? The last won out, so the city found itself at the far eastern end of “nowhere,” cut off from its hinterland by the “Iron Curtain.”

Morris provides an outstanding historical narrative of Trieste during the days of the Empire. She relates how Guglielmo Oberdan, who fled Austrian conscription, and became an Italian, returned to Trieste in an unsuccessful effort to kill the Emperor, Franz Joseph, in 1882. It was a precursor of the ethnic hatreds that led to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which would commence World War I.

Of particular interest are her descriptions of the writers who found nurture in Trieste, in particular, James Joyce, who wrote A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man there. She is less complementary concerning another fellow traveler and writer, Sir Richard Burton, who ended his days there as a British Consular official. Of personal interest, I had just read and reviewed my first book written by John Berger. Morris quotes from Berger’s novel “G,” about a doctor who could not speak the language of his patients with the rationale: “… a cow didn’t have to explain its symptoms to a vet.” A memorable quip that encapsulates ethnic contempt.

Morris provides thoughtful description of the natural world in which Trieste is set, the harbor, and the high stony infertile Karst that dominates its background. She also describes the Istria peninsula, just to the south of Trieste, which once had a significant Italian population that had to relocate after WWII, as this peninsula was allocated to Yugoslavia.

The lead review on this book, published in 2002, entitled “Trieste Mia” gives some useful insights into the city from another who lived there. The review said that Morris viewed the city with far too much melancholy, and I would agree. Morris appears to have always been alone there, which might account for this outlook. Trieste might be better seen with a friend, though I’m not sure “Trieste is for lovers” is an expression that has gained tractions. I remain impressed with Morris’ erudition, and insights into one of those fascinating places in the world where different forces collide. I thank a fellow Amazon reviewer for this excellent recommendation. 5-stars.
  • Super P
I have enjoyed a half dozen or so of Jan Morris' stories over the years, and "Trieste" was no exception to this experience. I read the book in part because Trieste was one of the most productive literary locations for Sir Richard Burton, one of my exploration heroes, and it was the city of his passing. I have also traveled throughout this region in recent years and am fascinated by the confluence of eastern and western Christianity, and Islam.

Morris brings this all together in her interpretation of Trieste as a "city of nowhere", because its glory seems to be all in the past; which has become a "city for everyone", a riff on Pico Iyer's "Global Soul". I loved her comparison of an aged Trieste with those of us who are aging people, wherein both this city and us septuagenarians come to realize that one of the things that matters most in life is simply being kind to other people, which she observes is a singular quality of the denizens of Trieste.

This is a thoughtful, intelligent, loving story of a place dear to the heart of Ms Morris. You will enjoy it.
  • Daizil
My family is from Trieste and the surrounding countryside and I spent much of my childhood trying to describe this city that was Italian but not, was Slovenian, but not, had pieces of Austrian culture, but not, and still was its own amalgam of all of those cultures and even more. Morris "gets" the in-between-ness of the city perfectly: the crossroads port of a landlocked empire that no longer exists. Trieste and the southern coast was also the honeymoon destination for landlocked Hungarians and Austrians as well -a glamourous seaside resort that maintained the Habsburg physical layout, architectural style, and business sense that provided comfort for the residents of Budapest and Vienna, and yet provided also the intrigue of a world shipping port and the meshing of various cultures. Morris provides a long term sensibility that ranges through Trieste's various adjustments to war and government and an obvious comfort with this city that is trying to find a new meaning for itself. The book becomes poignant as Morris describes those people who came of age -- also in worlds that no longer exist and she explores the various types of adaptations people make in that same circumstance. An interesting topic, and also an interesting allegory.
  • Downloaded
Having recently visited Trieste for the first time, and then read this book, I am awed by the mastery of Jan Morris, as a writer, historian, and colorist, for yes, she provided me with color I could not see with my own eyes, the richness of that place and its people. Everything one could possibly want to know about Trieste, a tapestry of great beauty! A fascinating book that I could not put down...
  • Micelhorav
Arrived ahead of schedule. Greatly helped to understand the unique status of Trieste and confirm my intention to visit.
  • Mejora
This was a different sort of travelogue in that Jan Morris wrote about one city in which she lived instead of traveling through a lot of places as most travel writers do. It was great to learn about the history of Trieste and a little about writers who made Trieste their home at some point in their lives.
  • Kagalkree
My first Jan Morris book - it won't be my last! Reading this was like being back in my most engaging college humanities classes.
I was a member of the US Army, 351st Infantry Regt 1952-1953 in Trieste.
The book is accurate and well written.