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Yet, as historian and travel writer Morris ably demonstrates in this homage to one of her favorite cities (others about which she has written are Hong Kong, Sydney, New York, and Venice), Trieste has many charms. Its history is foremost among them, thanks to the city's former role as the sole port of the otherwise landlocked Austro-Hungarian empire, which housed a small fleet there--a fleet that, from time to time, would sail off to make war against the Ottomans or the Italians. At the beginning of the 20th century, Trieste had grown to international importance as an entry point into Central Europe, so much so that it was referred to as "the third entrance of the Suez Canal." Trieste briefly took center stage at the onset of the cold war, when Marshall Tito claimed it for Yugoslavia; it narrowly avoided being enveloped by the Iron Curtain. Morris tells all these stories and more, bringing the city's past to life; no one should be surprised if Trieste sees more visitors thanks to her spirited study.
Yet Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is also a work tinged with melancholy. That befits the city's faded glory, but it also has to do with the sad fact that this will be Morris's last book--or so she promises. Let's hope she changes her mind. If not, however, this serves very well as the capstone of a distinguished career. --Gregory McNamee
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Writing to die for, reading about a city and its history in prose that was meant to be rather than a dry summary in a travel handbook.Published 1 month ago by mjrg
I have always been fascinated by Trieste, and was looking forward to reading Jan Morris' impressions of the city. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An American Reader in New Zealand
Very enlightening and entertaining.I enjoyed it thoroughly.Published 8 months ago by Enrique Loaeza
Born and raised in Trieste, now away from it for 15+ years. Yes the book is a very very accurate description of my home town; Jan could read the emotions and thoughts of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ric
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. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael
In my opinion, this is a charming book almost prose like about a different kind of city. Trieste has a very long history and rather mediocre recognition of such. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Beth Palm
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