By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This wonderful anthology offers for the 1st time in English commute essays via Arabic writers who've visited the United States within the moment 1/2 the century. The view of the US which emerges from those money owed is instantaneously attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from various viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the United States in a different way have interaction and revise Arab pre-conceptions of usa citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive woman, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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Translated by Kamal Abdel-Malek 4. An American Immigrant (1979) AHMAD MUSTAFA is an Egyptian-American businessman who moved to the United States in 1967 and lived as an illegal alien in New York City for some years. In his An American Immigrant (1979), he recounts with fascinating details his life experiences from rags to riches. The cover of the book shows a man climbing the stripes of the American flag, which are made to look like steps, suggesting that in order to live and succeed in America one ought to work hard in order to climb the American ladder.
Are they not ashamed? You may call it hypocrisy or whatever, but it is still more acceptable than the blatant truth and the words mean exactly the same. Prostitute! The word is ugly in any language, even in French. After all, Sartre’s virtuous prostitute is still a prostitute. He saw bulletin boards all over the place and images of prostitutes were bombarding him as strongly as the New York rain. But here is the truth that must be stated: the lady he spoke to did not show any connection with prostitution.
Once the signs of rejection appeared on his face, either they immediately left him alone, looked to the side, looked for another customer, or even just stood up and left the place. But this woman was in a league of her own. Either this woman was very confident of herself, or she was the type that does not get embarrassed and tries to lessen the degree of her craftiness. Or it may be that she had some time to waste. Or, and this possibility appealed to his pride, she preferred him to others or wanted to make him her favorite man.