In other words, the nationless
state is likely to find that its unsettledness and unease about itself is given expression not in the processes which determine it, in political fact and within the practice of international law and diplomacy, as a state, but in the less magniloquent though almost certainly more trenchant discourses that variously witness and give vent to the sense of a fallacy, or incompleteness, at the heart of the therefore delusive fullness of that determination.
While Ondaatje presents cross-cultural relationships and politically free identities as possible in the vacuum of a nationless
community, he ultimately reveals them to be insupportable in a world already dominated by politically constructed social boundaries.
But Douglass reverses gendered and racialized polarities by suggesting that the nationless
color of sable maternity, "the native genius of my sable.