Alone again or do you have any fiction recommendations?
January 3, 2009 2:19 PM Subscribe
Stories of life abroad w/r/t aloneness and the inscrutability of culture. Any recommendations?
posted by ecmendenhall to Writing & Language (19 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a college junior finishing the first semester of a year abroad. I've been immersed in a foreign language and culture for four months—just enough to feel like I'm no longer a dumb tourist, but also enough to start to realize how hard it is to understand this place and how easy it can be to construct my own bullshit about the things I see around me. I've had an awesome time so far, but there's a definite feeling of aloneness that comes from living in this limbo between transient sightseer and wizened local, along with the more general detachment from friends and family back home that comes with living halfway around the world for a little while.
Surely, some writer out there has felt the same way. Know of any fiction, memoirs, travel writing, essays, criticism, &c. about living abroad, aloneness, and the travails of trying to understand a foreign place?