But as Homi Bhabha reminds us, a nation's existence is also dependent on "a strange forgetting of the history of the nation's past: the violence involved in establishing the nation's writ. It is this forgetting - a minus in the origin - that constitutes the beginning of the nation's narrative."

To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism (1999)
Cecilia Elizabeth O' Leary

Nation and Narration (1990)
Homi Bhabha