Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0100: despair at exile

PBC 100 expresses likely nationalist feelings of despair at these writers' abandonment of their homeland and of alienation at exile abroad. Poems with this PBC display a common sorrow for their lost homeland following the Bolshevik coup in October, 1917. As, for example, one of them says his forever farewells, his world is split into “home” (dom) and “foreign land” (chuzhoi krai) (W220), a divide that only breeds longing for one’s birthplace, distant over both epic time and space.


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