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. In Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere she explores a host of subjects through the lens of Trieste including cities, sex, Jewishness, civility and nationalism.
Documenting the modern history of Trieste 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.
‘A poignant and enchanting evocation of a life, inspired by a beautifully written meditation on a unique city. A gem.’ P. D. James
Melancholy but Marvellous
The capital of nowhere – could anywhere be more tantalizing? For those of us increasingly blasé or wary about visiting ‘somewheres’ the world over, many of them the target of hordes of other...Read more