Out of time

A toast to the eternal city

Featured in

  • Published 20200804
  • ISBN: 978-1-922212-50-4
  • Extent: 304pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

MY DESIRE TO live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost twenty years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-­haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease each time I turned up to buy tram tickets or the paper. How do you say three? Tre, trre, trrrrrre, I’d sputter, trying desperately to roll my ‘r’s.

Last year, my fading dream of living in Rome for more than a tourist heartbeat came true. Scrolling listlessly through emails after a night out, I found one from the Australia Council for the Arts, with the subject heading: Grant Notification. It could only be a fail. Wouldn’t there be trumpet blasts and marching bands, a phone call at least, if I had passed?

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

If you are an educator or student wishing to access content for study purposes please contact us at griffithreview@griffith.edu.au

Share article

About the author

Gabriella Coslovich

Gabriella Coslovich is an award-­winning author and journalist, who specialised in the arts during fifteen years with The Age newspaper. Her debut book Whiteley on...

More from this edition

Creatures

PoetryTranslated from the original Italian by Julia Anastasia Pelosi-­Thorpe   I Nothing flimsier, nothing easier: time is lost if I believe we’ll have time to count all happiness’s forms.   I...

Memory and migration

Essay AS PART OF its politics of memory, the European Union has expended considerable effort creating a transnational and unifying narrative of the past. By...

Mother-­daughter trip

PoetryNana B and Zeide once ice-­skated on a lake in the Carpathian Mountains in Poland. ‘I was made for Poland,’ says Mum, as Brisbane roils with heat....

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.