Mark talked: “Maybe this is a chance to finally control our destiny? For most of our history, we’ve been at the mercy of others: overrun by the Portuguese and Spanish trading goliaths, sold to Germany, conquered by Japan and the United States . . .” “I don’t suppose anyone brought an extremely small violin?” Julia said to the kids. Nobody understood the joke. Safran Foer. Here I Am can anyone tell me what the said joke is?