Dinaw Mengestu's Essay Home At Last

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In Dinaw Mengestu’s essay “Home at Last,” Mengestu uses his feelings of separation from his heritage as an incentive to find a new origin. He also creates a tone that goes from a sense of loneliness to belonging. He reflects his thoughts through narration:
I was born in Ethiopia like my parents and their parents before them, but it would be a lie to say I was from Ethiopia, having left the country when I was only two years old following a military coup and civil war, losing in the process the language and any direct memory of the family and culture I had been born into. I simply am Ethiopian, without the necessary “from” that serves as the final assurance of our identity and origin. (337)
Mengestu shares about his Ethiopian background, but

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