By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This unique anthology provides for the 1st time in English trip essays by way of Arabic writers who've visited the US within the moment 1/2 the century. The view of the USA which emerges from those money owed is straight away interesting and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from various 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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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. The eyes of the woman who wears glasses may provide insightful information about that woman, from the tiniest detail to the most intimate secret with regard to her attraction to a man. Prostitute! What was certain was that inside this young woman was a strong magnet that pulled her toward the male gender, even before the man had time to be attracted to her.