By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This wonderful anthology offers for the 1st time in English commute essays through Arabic writers who've visited the US within the moment 1/2 the century. The view of the US which emerges from those debts 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 USA in a different way have interaction and revise Arab pre-conceptions of usa citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every little 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 Tarek Masoud and Ammar Fakeeh 3. A Love Tour (1972) MAHMUD AWAD is an Egyptian journalist who has worked for many years for the daily al-Akhbar. His 1972 account A Love Tour, is about his journey in a number of countries around the world. On the title page there is a drawing of a naked woman lying down and a miniature drawing of a man with a suitcase in hand walking on her body. The man is presumably the writer and the reclining figure stands for the women he came to know and with whom he had sexual liaisons.
He said, “You have to return to your country. ” He left me and went to an office in the airport where the man who seemed to be in charge was sitting. He spoke to him and then came back with him. I was trembling with fear at the thought of being returned to Egypt. The customs chief came toward me asking,“Why did you come to New York? Don’t you know that relations between your country and our country are bad? ” Before I answered his questions, I heard a voice calling me from within the airport.
Don’t you know that relations between your country and our country are bad? ” Before I answered his questions, I heard a voice calling me from within the airport. I looked toward the source of the voice and I saw an American friend of mine standing and waiting for me. I had contacted him from the airport in Cairo through the travel agency, to inform him of my arrival in New York. My friend made his way past the officials in the airport and entered the customs area where I was standing with the customs chief.