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: Iris Smyles
: Dating Tips for the Unemployed
: Mariner Books
: 2016
ISBN: 978-0544703384
: English
: epub
: 15,3 mb
: 320

Originally a medical term, nostalgia was coined by the German scholar Johannes Hofer in a 1668 paper to describe a severe homesickness in soldiers, whose terrible longing in combination with battle wounds sometimes proved fatal. The word is a compound of the Greek words nostos, meaning homecoming (used by Homer to describe Odysseuss return in The Odyssey), and algos, meaning pain.

On the assumption that home is a place left behind, nostalgia is commonly understood as a yearning for the past. But for many a young person seeking their place in the world, home is an idea with stronger ties to the future, embodied by a person or place not yet seen, making nostalgia an equally apt diagnosis for the strange ache that often defines early adulthood.

In twenty-four absurd, lyrical, and louche episodes, Iris Smyles weaves a modern odyssey of trying to find ones home in the world amid the pitfalls and insidious traps of adult life. A wickedly funny picaresque touching on quantum physics, the Donner Party, arctic exploration, Greek mythology, Rocky I, II, V, IV, VI, and III respectively, and literary immortality,









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