How They See Us: Meditations on America

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Americans live in a pre-Copernican universe: we think the world revolves around us. Seventeen writers from abroad offer a fresh perspective.

A superpower without parallel since the British Empire, the United States is a source of incessant fascination to the rest of the world. Absurdly rich, alarmingly volatile, we inspire both fear and envy. Just as our aggressive foreign policy has turned our allies against us, the rise of Barack Obama is now seen as our salvation. 9/11, the ...

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Overview

Americans live in a pre-Copernican universe: we think the world revolves around us. Seventeen writers from abroad offer a fresh perspective.

A superpower without parallel since the British Empire, the United States is a source of incessant fascination to the rest of the world. Absurdly rich, alarmingly volatile, we inspire both fear and envy. Just as our aggressive foreign policy has turned our allies against us, the rise of Barack Obama is now seen as our salvation. 9/11, the world historical event that “changed everything,” has been superseded by 11/4, the date of his election to the presidency of the United States. Through it all, “America” remains a phenomenon, a myth, the wonder of the world.

“Know thyself” is a difficult injunction to follow and often requires the insights of others. To gain some perspective, How They See Us features writers and intellectuals from around the globe. These trenchant essays constitute a primer of international literature, an aid to self-criticism, and an invitation to celebrate our national virtues.

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Publishers Weekly
A patchwork of personal narratives knitted around the impact of U.S. foreign policy before and after September 11, this book brings together leading voices in world literature, academia and international media including Chris Abani, Ricardo Alarcón and Terry Eagleton. Ranging from the autobiographical to the philosophical, these pieces reflect on how American cultural, military and political imperialism touches lives from Mexico to Morocco, Canada to China. A recurring theme of these informal essays is the psychosocial conflict that results from loving American music, food and such historical and pop culture as Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bruce Springsteen, while despising Reagan and Bush. The authors also turn the mirror on themselves to examine why so many non-Americans claim a moral high ground while also assuming that they know “how to be better Americans than the Americans” through the spread of global consumerism. Full of humor and pathos in equal and abounding measure, this compact volume covers the intellectual ground from “Donald Duck to Donald Rumsfeld” with wit, depth and originality. (Dec.)
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In this collection, Atlas (founder, Atlas & Co.; Bellow: A Biography) has asked disparate thinkers from around the world to offer their impressions, in essay form, of America in 2009. While other books, such as Ole R. Holsti's To See Ourselves as Others See Us: How Publics Abroad View the United States After 9/11, have tackled this topic from a more academic or partisan perspective, none has sought to hear from such a range of writers who are not foreign policy experts. The short essays vary from Da Chen's moving description of immigration from China to Leilah Nadir's bitter screed against the Iraq War to Terry Eagleton poking fun at American myths and culture. What ties the pieces together is an apt observation from Imraan Coovadia that there are only two ways of looking at America from the outside: submission or resentment. VERDICT This is an easy and interesting read, but, despite the Obama victory of 2008, it will not leave most readers with a rosy view of how foreigners view America. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.—Kathryn Stewart, Proquest/Library of Congress, Washington, DC\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934633106
  • Publisher: Atlas
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Atlas is the president of Atlas & Co. and founder of the Penguin Lives series. His numerous books include Bellow: A Biography, Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet and the memoir My Life in the Middle Ages. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction James Atlas Atlas, James 1

Brazil

The Rift Luis Fernando Verissimo Verissimo, Luis Fernando 13

Canada

How I See America as an Iraqi-Canadian Leilah Nadir Nadir, Leilah 21

Chile

A Stranger among Them Alberto Fuguet Fuguet, Alberto 35

China

A Double Life Da Chen 47

Cuba

The Message Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada de Quesada, Ricardo Alarcon 60

France

A Lesson for America Andrei Makine Makine, Andrei 68

Germany

It Can Only Get Better Werner Sonne Sonne, Werner 82

Hungary

The Truth about America Gyorgy Dragoman Dragoman, Gyorgy 90

India

In Praise of the Delinquent Hero, or How Hollywood Creates Terrorists Sunny Singh Singh, Sunny 103

Iran

Dreams of a Revolution Baby Zarah Ghahramani Ghahramani, Zarah 118

Israel

The Land of the Long Submarine Sandwich Tom Segev Segev, Tom 129

Italy

Returning from Exile Gianni Riotta Riotta, Gianni 140

Mexico

Marilyn Monroe's Panties Carmen Boullosa Boullosa, Carmen 152

Morocco/The Netherlands

Dear America Abdelkader Benali Benali, Abdelkader 165

Nigeria

A Libretto in Eight Movements Chris Abani The American Empire Empire, Chris Abani The American 175

Pakistan

Flagging Multiculturalism: How American Insularity Morally Justifies Itself Uzma Aslam Khan Khan, Uzma Aslam 186

Palestine

Giving the Harness Bells a Shake Mourid Barghouti Barghouti, Mourid 200

Russia

Wild-Blooded Envoys of the Future Victor Erofeyev Erofeyev, Victor 212

South Africa

A Good Monkey Imraan Coovadia Coovadia, Imraan 226

United Kingdom

Fiddlers and Failures Terry Eagleton Eagleton, Terry 237

Venezuela

The United States and Latin America: Inevitable Nostalgia Fernando Baez Baez, Fernando252

About the Contributors 267

Acknowledgments 275

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