Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere by Jan MorrisIf you come to it by car over the Karst, all the same, Trieste looks perfectly self-explanatory. The road crosses the border out of Slovenia and reaches the village of Opicina, where the plateau abruptly falls away through pine-woods towards the sea. There, a tall obelisk marks the beginning of the city. It was erected in to commemorate the completion of the first proper highroad across the Karst, connecting Vienna with its seaport on the Adriatic. The young Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Joseph Maximilian came this way in and thought the Karst a cursed desert, but he saw the distant appearance of the obelisk as a symbol of hope, and urged his coachman to get a move on. For me an element of hope is the essence of cityness, and when I see a city in the distance, out of the open country, I always get a move on myself. The more isolated the city, the more hopeful, because then it offers a more spectacular contrast to the bucolic world outside.
Trieste - Trst 1965
Trieste was the nexus city of Jan Morris's most original book, Fifty Years of Europe: An Album, which sneaked out, under-noticed, in ; perhaps the title, which sounds like a Brussels-funded pamphlet, dissuaded critics. I loved it. Not without reservations - Morris can be a dotty old bird, overasserting the Welshness and fond of the word jolly - but it was a quietly powerful work of short takes, minutes and centuries cross-cut between places.
Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere
It looks like this book is on our website emmabowey. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is a passionate and beautifully-written conclusion to that literary career. As for me, when the clock moves on for the last time…now and then you may find me in a boat below the walls of Miramar, watching the nightingales swarm. Here's a book for lovers of all things Italian. This city on the Adriatic has always tantalized Jan Morris with its moodiness and changeability. After visiting Trieste for more than half a century, she has come to see it as a touchstone for her interests and preoccupations: cities, seas, empires.
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. 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 better.
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