Saturday, June 19, 2004

Nationality vs. who you are
I haven't seen The Terminal (yet?) but Tom Hanks’ Slavic traveller whose country disappears on him midflight reminds me of a few Russians I've known, both a World War II exile and 1980s ones from the USSR who, because they had their Soviet citizenship and passports revoked and they never applied for US citizenship, technically are men without countries - no official nationality! Of course they're really as Russian as a samovar.

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