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This paper explores the tradition of expatriate artist narratives - their themes, structure, presentation, and purpose served for artists and their created communities. Comparing oral narratives of international artists living in 2012 Berlin's Neukölln neighborhood with artists' published prose and memoir from pre-war Paris and colonial Tangier, a narrative formula is established. Adapting Charlotte Linde's coherence system model, narrative elements are understood as belonging to either the broad expatriate artist tradition, or the Neukölln neighborhood's unique ethos. Characterizing an artist's native culture, reasons for leaving, and motivations for selecting a specific community abroad, narratives establish difference between the renounced and the desired. Through depictions of a free, creative lifestyle narratives assert a shared set of values, and through constructions of fate and artistic flow, validate and motivate an expatriate's circumstance abroad. Expatriation symbolizes emb