Tristesse

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"The tristesse that Lévi-Strauss describes is what a Westerner might feel as he surveys those vast poverty-stricken cities of the tropics, as he contemplates the huddled masses and their wretched lives. But he does not see the city through their eyes. Tristesse implies a guilt–ridden Westerner who seeks to assuage his pain by refusing to let cliché and prejudice color his impressions…"

Istanbul: Memories and the City, by Orhan Pamuk, "Hüzün", page 103
Tristes
Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss
 

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