By Katia Pizzi
Poised among the Mediterranean and the Mitteleuropa, crossroads of civilizations and seat of brilliant cultural and literary lifestyles, Trieste is now stated as having fun with unrivalled cultural prestige among Italian towns. This quantity, the 1st complete learn of Triestine literature in English, initially reassesses Trieste+?s literary identification, paying specific consciousness to the interval among 1918 and 1954 whilst neighborhood writing turned intensely conscious of its neighborhood specificity and a few of its important motifs got here prominently to the fore. Trieste+?s singular border identification, reflected in a variegated literary output, emerges the following as weighted down with complexities and ambiguities, akin to the arguable inspiration of triestinita, the ambiguous relation with nationalism, in particular in its Fascist inflection, and the anxieties generated by way of repeated re-definitions of the area+?s ancient borders.
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278-84 (pp. ] mi sembra di uscire da un tempo rettilineo, che procede diritto lasciandosi il passato alle spalle, per rientrare in un tempo discontinue e contraddittorio, che va avanti e indietro ritornando ogni volta su se stesso, sospendendo la successione delle cose e rendendole tutte simultanee'. ] tutto coesiste ed e contiguo'. 35. See C. Magris, Microcosmi (Milan: Garzanti, 1997; trans. Iain Halliday, Microcosms [London: Harvill, 1999]), p. ' 50 A CITY IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR and after the Cold War channelled money that was made available locally by the many banks, building societies and insurance companies in Trieste towards cultural investments and in particular the publishing industry.
38 'Domestico giardino incantato' also 36. See for instance the international success of the excellent Danubio by C. Magris (Milan: Garzanti, 1986; trans. P. Creagh: Danube [London: Harvill, 1989]). 37. F. Muiesan, Giorni e avventure di un'infanzia a Trieste (Trieste: Italo Svevo, 1992). 38. Stuparich and Quarantotti Gambini are two of the most prominent writers from 1. LITERARY TRIESTE 51 significantly refers to Trieste as a domesticated Eden with the emphasis on 'domestic'. Finally Trieste as 'citta' coinciding with 'mondo' is vaguely identifying Trieste with a container of numerous, at times contradictory experiences: in this respect Trieste is interchangeable with any other city.
47. 12. Pietro Spirito, 'Trieste: paesaggi della nuova narrativa', in Trieste: paesaggi delta nuova narrativa (Florence: Stazione di Posta; Trieste: Lint, 1997), pp. 7-24 (p. 7). 13. In the 1960s, for instance, the novelist Pier Antonio Quarantotti Gambini, while denying the existence of a Triestine school of writers, still singled out a peculiarity of tone not to be found elsewhere in Italy and attributed his own success as a writer to his own alleged role as transitional author between Italy and a 'serio, elevato e amabile' literary climate of the Mitteleuropa.
A City in Search of an Author : The Literary Identity of Trieste by Katia Pizzi