Hildermeier - Chapter 05
Dictatorships of Unambiguity
Cultural Transfer from Europe to Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861-1953
his recently published book 'Gruzinskii al'bom ('Georgian album'), the
Russian writer Andrej Bitow wrote: 'It is only in Russia that one can
be homesick without leaving the country. A great advantage.'1 He also
could have said that one does not need to leave Russia in order to be a
stranger, since the one who feels like a stranger is homesick.
Nowadays, we do not have to leave Germany or Great Britain to be
homesick. Being a stranger has become second nature to us. Ambivalence
is an integral part of our lives. The order of the other remains alien,
but it is no longer a 'wrong' or irrational order that needs to be
eliminated. We can live with difference.