Back in the early years of this blog (i’m talking 2007, not the Ice age), I once reviewed a crime thriller by Veit Heinichen set in the Italian city of Trieste. The book was quite promising (especially the setting and the main character) but I had this sentence:
the latest trend, following the success of Sweden-based Henning Mankell thrillers, is to discover untapped Euro-thrillers preferably in suitably squalid places you’d never go to for a holiday.
Among my colleagues I have a reputation for spending my holidays in unexpected places that nobody can put on a map without first checking Wikipedia… Guess what? We’re going to the region of Trieste in a week’s time and we’ll spend some days trying to figure out the frontiers between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy!
I had the weird feeling that I’m going to step into a crime novel, but then I checked Wikipedia and it seems that James Joyce spent years in Trieste. I had no clue! So… not only genre fiction but classics too are awaiting me!
Since I started to investigate Trieste in books, I have come up with several other writers linked to the city (Italo Svevo, Claudio Magris, even Freud, Kafka…) and several books set there (none of which I have read):
- Jan Morris, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere
- Domnica Radulescu, Train to Trieste
- Joseph Cary, A Ghost in Trieste
What about books set in Trieste, Croatia and Slovenia, have you any recommendation?