Jackfruit and Dry Mushrooms
(Moses Isegawa) The Low Countries - 2001, № 9, pp. 89-93
Born in Uganda, Moses Isegawa has been living in Beverwijk (The Netherlands) since 1990. He writes in English, but his books are published in Dutch first. Isegawa thinks that home is everywhere and nowhere: it's where he can work and achieve his goals as opposed to a place where one feels merely comfortable. In this essay he visits Uganda again, but he realises that as a voluntary exile he carries his home with him wherever he goes: the fond memories, the important bits and pieces. The physicality of home is but a matter of detail, and Isegawa decides that he has always cherished the possibility of walking away. He wants to feel at home, but also wants to miss home.
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