Ango Sakazee's Anthem For The Hometown

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Baudelaire deals with the change of Paris in “the Swan.” It depicts his poignant feeling toward the loss of the past, in which he loved the component of the city. He considers himself, as well as the swan and his lover who died of tuberculosis, as an “exile” in the poem. To discuss the concept of exile in the Swan, a Japanese writer Ango Sakaguchi’s “Anthem for the Hometown” might be helpful. The story consists of the narrator’s monologue from beginning to the end. He has craved a lot of stuff, none of which was gained. He sought for something to crave, and find a vague memory of a girl in his mind. When he visits the hometown, his birthplace has disappeared, naturally he does not find the girl who should now be a grown up woman and her house is inhibited by a stranger now. He meets his sister there, who suffers from malignant melanoma. Then he leaves the town to return with some enthusiasm to his daily life.
Baudelaire describes his nostalgia to the old Paris, where the roads and buildings are destroyed and reconstructed meticulously. He recalls the past and feels that he is not fit to the city now. As he uses the analogy of Andromache in the very first line, his sentiment leaps to ancient Greek. The persistence toward the past is expressed in the line
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Although he details are not clearly mentioned in this story, we can assume from Ango’s biographical fact that the narrator left the hometown to Tokyo to study in university. The loss he experienced in his hometown is, the same as Baudelaire’s, chronological. However, Baudelaire does not experiences the geographical separation from his dear old Paris. Ango’s narrator has the life to live in now since he once leaves the town. Namely, he lost his past once, before he witnesses the loss under his eyes. Baudelaire, unfortunately, did not have the chance to put distance to his hometown to prepare the

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