Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris

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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. It has even come to reflect her own life in its loves, disillusionments, and memories. Her meditation on the place is characteristically layered with history and sprinkled with stories of famous visitors from James Joyce to Sigmund Freud. A lyrical travelogue, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is also superb cultural history and the culmination of a singular career-"an elegant and bittersweet farewell" (Boston Globe).
 

About Jan Morris

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Jan Morris was born in 1926, is Anglo-Welsh, and lives in Wales. She has written some forty books, including the Pax Britannica trilogy about the British Empire; studies of Wales, Spain, Venice, Oxford, Manhattan, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Trieste; six volumes of collected travel essays; two memoirs; two capricious biographies; and a couple of novels-but she defines her entire oeuvre as "disguised autobiography." she is an honorary D.Litt. of the University of Wales and a Commander of the British Empire. Her memoir Conundrum is available as a New York Review Book Classic. Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-one novels as well as volumes of short stories, poems, essays, and works for children. Among her novels are The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the nebula and Hugo awards.
 
Published April 29, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 210 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Her vision of Trieste embodies the centuries-old pun on the Greek word ''utopia,'' signifying both ''nowhere'' and ''a good place.'' For her, it represents a ''Fourth World,'' a diasporic community where differences of class and race, religion and nationality don't suppress ''common values of hum...

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The Guardian

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Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere Jan Morris Faber £16.99, pp194 For more than 50 years Jan Morris has captured the genius loci of cities.

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Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere Jan Morris 180pp, Faber, £16.99 Trieste by Jan Morris Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop ...

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Publishers Weekly

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In this slim volume, supposedly Morris's last, the author brilliantly weaves historic and personal memories (as the soldier James Morris, before her sex-change operation, she was stationed there during WWII), observations on love, lust, nationalism, exile and kindness, and a tender portrait of th...

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Morris then turns this into a metaphor for the aging she herself is doing, how she has created a personal history that will live beyond her, how what she feels seems to come to her from a place beyond herself --- she is part of a long line of muses that perhaps date back to a long-ago Trieste.

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Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere was the first book by Morris that I have had the opportunity to read, and even though it was so very melancholy I look forward to reading the rest of her works.

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