By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This exceptional anthology offers for the 1st time in English trip 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 right now attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from quite a few viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the United States another 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 lady, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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Do you have a work permit? ” 36 America in an Arab Mirror So he said to me, “People like you without papers or work permits work for free; the tips they get are more than enough. Do you want to work or do you want to quit? ” The word,“police” frightened me since it was illegal for me to work anywhere. If I were caught I would be deported right away. I left the nightclub in tears while cursing my Lebanese friend, the owners of the nightclub, and the drunken patrons. —Translated by Kamal Abdel-Malek and May Kassem 5.
E: Excuse me madam, by the way, is this the right way to talk to women? Or should I say “Ma’am”? There was a surprised look from her, then astonishment, then slight annoyance. She: And why not? ” Why not? That’s the custom here. He: Madam, it is obvious that you are . . you are . . She: Yes, yes, to save both of us time, I’m a call girl. Do you know what that means? To save myself more time, I’m what they call a prostitute. Her answer was not a surprise to him, except that it had happened very quickly.
And many tears. In a hurt voice, Liza asked me, “Why didn’t you . . ” A moment later she repeated the question, “Why Sammy, why didn’t you? What is the matter? Don’t I appeal to you? The first time I ever asked a man to do that to me and he refused! ” “I don’t know,” I said. Totally calm, in fact. . All I knew was this: for me sex should not be a mere entertainment; it should not be had under the influence of alcohol, or after too much partying, or in the name of total freedom. If Liza wanted a hot night of fun, then the fun was over as far as I was concerned.
America in An Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature: An Anthology by K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla