i think the life of an exile is like that because life is difficult for them in their own country when their is a military dictatorship and in the country which offers them refuge which might have problems like facissm ...thats why i wanted to write this....its related to the era of the 20estar entre la espada y la pared.
In the UK one seldom hears between the devil and the deep blue sea any more, and between Scylla and Charybdis (from the story of Odysseus' perilous homeward voyage) has died out almost completely with the disappearance of a classical education. The Brits, including the BBC, now use the American phrase between a rock and a hard place instead. Younger Brits probably don't even realise it is American. But why an exile should be caught between two equally undesirable alternatives, I don't fully understand. The Spanish phrase I have given is still in common use, and means literally to be between the sword and the wall.