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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literature and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exile’s life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement. The achievements of exile are permanently undermined by the loss of something left behind for ever.

—Edward W. Said
  Palestinian-American literary theorist and professor (1933-2008)

Source:"Reflections on Exile," (essay) in Reflections on Exile and Other Essays (buy from Amazon)

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