By Bibbhuti Baruah
Ancient research of beginning and improvement of varied Buddhist sects and sectarianism within the heritage of succession of faculties in Asia.
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Throughout the period of exile and return, Aksyonov writes travelogues, whether to challenge the opposition of cultural belonging and dislocation, to redefine the location of the reader vis-à-vis the author, or to support, then eventually challenge, postmodern claims to inclusivity. The travelogue In Search of Melancholy Baby rhetorically structures his exile, finding commonality, rather than opposition, between aesthetic tropes of travel and exile. A transitional period distinguished by the numerous short works produced during his early regime of travel between Russia and the West reveals transnational figures ungrounded in either sustained narratives or place.
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