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The Uses Of Exile

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Rosetti's and his peers' letters also abound in moments of despair, mourning for premature deaths caused by exile and indignation over the inevitable political divisions and squabbles of the diaspora. However, their texts remain short and pragmatic, the emotional effusions curbed and the verbal interchanges channeled towards organizational and strategic matters rather than towards theorizing or lamenting exile. The shared experience of exile made the more reflective of the cosmopolitan group realize that individual and national identities are fluctuating entities which can be given or constructed, assumed or relinquished, inverted or reinforced. The East-Central European exiles in Paris and London were mainly the recipients of support from sympathetic individuals and groups, but these exchanges could work both ways. A link was formed in the thinking of many between the defence of local government and domestic freedom(s) on the one hand, and support for democratic movements abroad on the other.

Keywords: East-Central European exiles; emotional effusions; London; Paris; verbal interchanges



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