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The literature of Nostalgia: The Long Journey

Casella, A. (2007) The literature of Nostalgia: The Long Journey. Studi Emigrazione, 44 (168). pp. 807-818.


Antonio Casella, who migrated to Australia from Sicily at age 15, writes novels that explore themes of displacement and reconciliation in the migrant experience. A good part of Casella's work is a mirror of the changing relationship between Sicilian characters and their environments, and maps the evolution of Sicilian traditional practices in an Australian context charting the relevance of past experiences to present dilemmas. Speaking of his novel in progress, he describes a metaphor that reminds us of the wider dilemma of migration, when two quasi siblings, one raised in the Mediterranean, the other in Australia, discover each other and come together. Both young people are seeking an identity that goes beyond the confines of the space and culture they were born into. In coming together, each contributes something to the other and, by consequence, to himself; and that is the ultimate triumph of any relationship. It is perhaps, too, the triumph of the Diaspora experience?.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Centro Studi Emigrazione
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