PBC0091: grief at death
PBC 91 conveys the grief felt by nationalist Russians on the home front for their fallen compatriots during the First World War. The associated locations are alien and vast, such as “foreign country” and “foreign land.” Fellow soldiers lament the death of their “radiant brother” (W531, W539). Orthodox Christian images of sacrifice elevate their memories of the war’s casualties outside of their homeland. Foreign battles become makeshift Orthodox altars over the unmarked graves of departed Russian soldiers of WW1 (W539).
“ I crumple the map in my hands… ”