Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea


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To return to one’s country. In the novel it is often used to refer to someone returning to the land of their ancestral roots. For example, Joana, who is ethnically German on one side of her family but identifies as Lithuanian, repatriates to Germany, returning to a site of familial origin.
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Repatriate Term Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the term Repatriate appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
18. Joana
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As Joana begins to operate on Florian, she tells him about her repatriation. Stalin occupied Lithuania, but because her mother was German, Hitler allowed her family to come... (full context)
118. Joana
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Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon on the grounds of confidentiality. The soldier threatens Joana, pointing out that as a repatriated Lithuanian she could easily be turned over to Stalin.  (full context)