Two Centers and Somewhere in Between



For exiles, there is no possibility of returning. The disparity between the home in one’s memory and the actual place changing over time gives no chance to the exile that he or she can still find home. The moment they are forced to leave, the homeland they remember can only be retrieved in memory. Aciman didn’t expect his return to Alexandria to be exciting. Instead, he already knew he would fail to find home. Nevertheless, he insisted on returning as if it were a ritual that he must perform as an exile. Once the foot is set outside that door, everything left behind becomes history that one carries along with other luggage. Yet it doesn’t matter how far the exile goes, every detail of home clings to him fast and wouldn’t let him go.


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