類別:社會科學/紀實文學.
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Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
兩個美國:我在後美國世界的啟示錄
版本: 精裝288頁  2017 年 8 月 15 日  Farrar, Straus and Giroux出版
內容介紹

◎ 蘇西‧漢森離開了她心愛的家鄉,來到歐亞的交點──伊斯坦堡,卻重新發現真實的美國。


◎ 充滿清醒、反思、追根究底、詩意的,這是一本對美國內外政策的起訴書,也是一場強大的自我啟示之旅。


911攻擊事件和美國入侵伊拉克戰爭以後,在紐澤西一處保守小鎮長大的蘇西‧漢森,年紀輕輕就已成為紐約重量級報刊的知名新聞記者。 然而,世界大事的混亂與家裡表現出來的反應,那之間的斷裂,與日俱增地侵襲、壓迫著蘇西。因此,為了了解總是被危言聳聽的頭條掩蓋的真實伊斯蘭世界,她搬到伊斯坦堡。


漢森剛抵達伊斯坦堡時,還帶著超脫於伊斯蘭世界之外的天真,對這座城市懷抱著浪漫的想法,而把它想做是一座棲息於東、西方之間的神話之城。而後她在土耳其生活多年,並遊歷希臘,埃及,阿富汗,伊拉克和伊朗各國,見識到很多關於這些國家及其文化、歷史和政治的龐大知識資產,其中最巨大卻又令人不安的驚喜是關於她的國家以及她自己的問題──一名美國人如何在異鄉見證美國的衰落。她離開家鄉才發現的真相是,兩個不同美國的世界觀:一個是美國作為一個國家,包含它的人民所既定的美國印象;另一個是美國霸權穿透世界過後的影響。她明白了,反美主義不是一種暴力病態,而是:「在經歷過百年不平等關係的悠長歷史後…一顆令人破碎的心。」


作者的寫作風格融合回憶錄、新聞紀實和歷史,深深地調和了她在旅途中遇見的聲音。對美國在世界的地位,《我在後美國世界的啟示錄》是一部動人的反思之作。在當前國族和全球性的混亂局面下,作者深刻地清算了自己身分背後的歷史積澱──身為美國人,如今究竟意味著什麼。 

作者介紹

蘇西‧漢森(Suzy Hansen),為紐約時報雜誌和其他出版刊物撰寫文章的作家。2007年,她得到美國當代國際事務研究所資助,前往土耳其考察。作者目前住在伊斯坦堡,《兩個美國:我在後美國世界的啟示錄》是她的第一本書。

作者網站:http://www.suzyhansen.com/ 

書評

“Lucid, reflective, probing, and poetic, Hansen’s book is also a searing critique of the ugly depths of American ignorance, made more dangerous because the declining U.S. imperial system coincides with decay at home. The book is a revelatory indictment of American policy both domestic and foreign, made gripping by Hansen’s confident … distillation of complicated historical processes and her detailed, evocative descriptions of places, people, and experiences most American audiences can’t imagine.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

 

“To be an American is of itself, George Santayana once wrote, a moral condition and education. Notes on a Foreign Country embraces this fate with a unique blend of passionate honesty, coruscating insight, and tenderness. A book of extraordinary power, it achieves something very rare: it opens up new ways of thinking and feeling.” ―Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger

 

“It is rare to come across an American writer who has moved through the world―especially the Islamic world―with the acute self-awareness and thoughtfulness of Suzy Hansen. She has deftly blended memoir, reportage, and history to produce a book of great beauty and intellectual rigor. Everybody interested in America and the Middle East must read it.” ―Basharat Peer, author of A Question of Order

 

“Notes On a Foreign Country is at once a kaleidoscopic look at modern Turkey, a meditation on American identity in an age of American decline, and a gripping intellectual bildungsroman. I’m in awe of this wise, coruscating book.” ―Michelle Goldberg, author of The Goddess Pose

 

“It’s really quite simple: if you have any interest at all in how the non-Western world views America and Americans, you must read Suzy Hansen’s beautifully composed memoir Notes on a Foreign Country. And when America’s leaders complain―while campaigning and in office―that there is “great hatred” for the U.S. (and that they want to get to the bottom of it), it should be required reading by government officials―all the way to the Oval Office.” ―Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ