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By Katia Pizzi

ISBN-10: 1841272841

ISBN-13: 9781841272849

Poised among the Mediterranean and the Mitteleuropa, crossroads of civilizations and seat of shiny cultural and literary existence, Trieste is now said as having fun with unrivalled cultural prestige among Italian towns. This quantity, the 1st entire examine of Triestine literature in English, initially reassesses Trieste+?s literary identification, paying specific consciousness to the interval among 1918 and 1954 while neighborhood writing grew to become intensely conscious of its neighborhood specificity and a few of its imperative motifs got here prominently to the fore. Trieste+?s singular border identification, reflected in a variegated literary output, emerges right here as encumbered with complexities and ambiguities, reminiscent of the debatable suggestion of triestinita, the ambiguous relation with nationalism, in particular in its Fascist inflection, and the anxieties generated through repeated re-definitions of the area+?s old borders.

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What emerges here is a direct connection between the maternal thematic and nationalistic discourse, so virulent in the Trieste of the period. As Wilhelm Reich put it, 'in their subjective emotional core the notions of homeland and nation are notions of mother and family. 9 For instance, Saba's severe and unloving mother is nothing if not Italy itself, guilty of betraying day after day the loyalty of her loving child (Trieste) and of generating, in Enzo Bettiza's words, a typical Triestine 'nevrosi del tradimento'.

Muiesan, Giorni e avventure, pp. 9-10. 41. Muiesan, Giorni e avventure, pp. 9-10: 'Di questa amabile citta, in cui si camminava su candide lastre di pietra rettangolari, una citta senza asfalto e quasi senza automobili [... ' The models for Muiesan's volume may be Stuparich's Trieste nei miei ricordi and especially Sequenze per Trieste, as made clear by the type of events recalled, and their direct reference to the family circle, in particular to the mother. See for instance p. 39: 'una madre ventitreenne, onnipotente intermediaria tra noi e 1'universo in cui ci troviamo'.

Unreal City: Urban Experience in Modern European Literature and Art (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985), p. 4. For Trieste as a place of the spirit, see Stelio Crise, Epiphanies & Padographs: Joyce a Trieste (Milan: All'Insegna del Pesce d'Oro-Scheiwiller, 1967), pp. 74-75: 'Trieste e sempre nascente. Citta allo stato nascente. La viscosita di questo locus spiritualist See also Giuseppe Bottai, 'Trieste una citta al confmo', abc 13 (1954), p. 14; and C. Magris, 'I luoghi della scrittura: Trieste', in Itaca e oltre (Milan: Garzanti, 1982), pp.

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