13 April 2010

Mal du Pays

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I haven’t been back to my home island in about six years. I miss those trees.

‘Beware, then: however well you carry it off, however much you enjoy it, there is a dangerous undertow to being a foreigner, even a genteel foreigner [...] It is not the possibility of returning home which feeds nostalgia, but the impossibility of it.

The dilemma of foreignness comes down to one of liberty versus fraternity—the pleasures of freedom versus the pleasures of belonging. The homebody chooses the pleasures of belonging. The foreigner chooses the pleasures of freedom, and the pains that go with them.’

Being Foreign, The Economist