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That Faraway Hyper-Dystopia

The American street opens up on Pakistan

That Faraway Hyper-Dystopia
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That Faraway Hyper-Dystopia
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In a quiet little corner of Kramerbooks, a bookstore in the heart of Washington’s fashionable Dupont Circle neighbourhood, Amanda Spencer sits by a stack of books on American foreign policy that she has carefully selected from the shelves towering above her. Visiting the city from Texas, the drama student is eager to learn more about Pakistan, which has been propelled into American consciousness as never before. This is, after all, the country from where America’s public enemy number 1 had been hunted and killed.

An embarrassed Spencer admits she didn’t know much about Pakistan or the ISI before the killing of Osama. “When I’d think of Pakistan, I’d think of a conservative society in which women are in veils and men carry guns. That they don’t like America,” Spencer tells Outlook, quickly glancing at her pile of books as if searching for a helpful clue.

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