“Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”

begitu kata Stephen Dedalus, tokoh utama dalam A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man saat dia mematangkan tekadnya untuk “terbang” meninggalkan tiga hal yang dia anggap menghentikan dirinya dan bangsanya: agama, keluarga, dan bangsa.

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