This paper discusses how the events of World War II affected people's sense of identity and how the war changed their outlook on life. The war decided the fates of multitudes, forcing many to become refugees. Although Masuji Ono, a character created by the British-Japanese writer Kazuo Ishiguro, and Edmunds Valdemars Bunkse come from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, they are united by a common quest: to find peace of mind and their lost homes. Analysis of Ishiguro's novel and Bunkse's autobiography reveals the feelings of both characters as they face difficulties in finding and understanding their own identity.
A. Poikane-Daumke, University of Latvia, Faculty of Modern Languages, 4a Visvalza iela, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
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