Itaca. Voci dalla nostalgia

Bernegger, Guenda (2010) Itaca. Voci dalla nostalgia. Rivista per le Medical Humanities, 13. pp. 15-23. ISSN 9788877136176

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Ithaca. Nostalgic voices If nostalgia is a disease, any other kind of illness can make people vulnerable to it. Being far away from home and cut off from everything familiar and comforting is a situation that causes nostalgia. Not being able to be at home because of an illness, i.e. being “exiled” from home, can cause the same kinds of feelings, leading to nostalgia. Different meanings (negative, positive or both at the same time) are therefore linked with nostalgia. This paper finds a connection between the stories (true or fictional) of people treating this condition and the patients’ different experiences (a number of authors such as Thomas Mann, Hervé Guibert, Leonardo Zanier, Pietro De Marchi, Milan Kundera are included in this paper).

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