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11. The Nostalgia of the Front

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This chapter deals with the recollections of the author who was a front-line soldier and who experiences the revival of impressions in their original form deposited in him by three years of war. Despite the habituation and weariness, but also the discovery of more profound attractions than novelty, the Front remains for the author, the Continent, full of mysteries and dangers, which has surged forth into our doctored universe as its solution. According to the author, those who have suffered and died from their suffering, from thirst or cold, no longer know how to forget the deserts or the glaciers where they have tasted the stout drunkenness of being alone and of being there first. It is in this manner and for this reason the author feels that he can no longer live without the Front. In this fashion, the author begins to decipher the secret of his nostalgia.

Keywords: front-line soldier; nostalgia

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