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“nation is _?” aims to raise questions about nations, inclusion, exclusion, unity and diversity. In Homi Bhabha book “Nation and Narration” he investigates the relationship between nations, language and translation. Stating the following:

Nations, like narratives, lose their origins in the myths of time and only fully realize their horizons in the mind's eye. Such an image of the nation - or narration - might seem impossibly romantic and excessively metaphorical, but it is from those traditions of political thought and literary language that the nation emerges as a powerful historical idea in the west. An idea whose cultural compulsion lies in the impossible unity of the nation as a symbolic force. This is not to deny the attempt by nationalist discourses persistently to produce the idea of the nation as a continuous narrative of national progress, the narcissism of self-generation, the primeval present of the Volk. Nor have such political ideas been definitively superseded by those new realities of internationalism, multi-nationalism, or even 'late capitalism', once we acknowledge that the rhetoric of these global terms is most often underwritten in that grim prose of power that each nation can wield within its own sphere of influence.

What I want to emphasize in that large and liminal. image of the nation with which I began is a particular ambivalence that haunts the idea of the nation, the language of those who write of it and the lives of those who live it. It is an ambivalence that emerges from a growing awareness that, despite the certainty with which historians speak of the 'origins' of nation as a sign of the 'modernity' of society, the cultural temporality of the nation inscribes a much more transitional social reality.

In Oxford dictionary nation is defined as the following:

1- a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own.
2- the territory or country itself.
3- A member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4- An aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.

and Narration is defined as the following:

1- Something narrated; an account, story, or narrative.
2- The act or process of narrating. (to give an account or tell the story of (events, experiences, etc.)).
3- A recital of events, especially in chronological order, as the story narrated in a poem or the exposition in a drama.

Thinking of Narration as a root and a main component for nations and how they came to be historically. It comes to the mind as a game of Chinese whisper that is changing, consistently distorting, gaining and losing information.

Nations are invented, through spoken or written history. they can’t be concrete or still as we tend to perceive them nowadays. They are in constant state of flux, thus comes the question “nation is narration?” as a form of looking for answers or as a form of critic.