The Years of Bloom

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Author: John McCourtIMG_0528
Title: The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920
Publisher: The Lilliput Press
Year of publication: 2001
Place of publication: Dublin
Place of purchase: Trieste
Ownership: Firsthand
General comments: Paperback, xi, 306p, illustrated with photographs. Bought during the 19th annual Trieste Joyce School in the summer of 2015. This was my first trip outside India, and one of the most intellectually and emotionally stimulating holidays that I’ve ever had. The Italian phrase quoted by the author in the inscription translates to “in our beautiful Trieste” and is a paraphrase from a letter written by James Joyce to Nora Barnacle from Dublin: “La nostra bella Trieste! I have often said that angrily but tonight I feel it true. I long to see the lights twinkling along the Riva as the train passes Miramar. After all, Nora, it is the city which has sheltered us. I came back to it jaded and moneyless after my folly in Rome and [will]now again after this absence.” (September 1909, source: http://tinyurl.com/af6f25e).
Transcription of inscription:

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‘The Canale Grande, leading to the steps of the Church of Sant’Antonio Taumaturgo’


Trieste, June-July 2015
19th Annual Joyce School

To Shalmi—

Delighted to make your friendship here “nella nostra bella Trieste”

John McCourt
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman