February 6th, 2021

The diaspora is...

“The diaspora is a sampled drop of a nation’s blood.” («Эмиграция – это капля крови нации, взятая на анализ»)

“I love my own expression dearly, that the diaspora (the émigré society) is a sampled drop of a nation’s blood. The Soviet dissidents’ blood analyzed through the lens of the émigré experience has shown that in their fight for freedom these dissidents – as one would expect – have assumed all the enemy’s habits: the calls to walk in step, the strict censorship, the vigilant search for enemies within the ranks, the desire to crush those who think differently... how tedious.” Maria Rosanova (1997)

More of her writing (in Russian).