She puts marginal characters in the face of the harsh conditions of life: “Bar Layalina” exposes the falsity of the whole society and is not limited to the intellectuals only.

She puts marginal characters in the face of the harsh conditions of life: “Bar Layalina” exposes the falsity of the whole society and is not limited to the intellectuals only.

Asma Saad

Posted on: Friday, July 29, 2022 – 7:08 PM | Last update: Friday, July 29, 2022 – 7:08 PM

Ahmed Al-Fakharani: I am attracted by the characters who do not stop moving, striving, and vitality
Sayed Mahmoud: Ahmed El Fakharany has a regular literary production over 10 years of creative work
Mansoura Ezz El-Din: The novel is very rich and we read it from more than one angle to come up with many meanings

“Texts in which the writer takes us to fantasies that are similar to movie and drama tapes”; Where a creative theme belongs to the “literature of foolishness” that puts marginal characters in the face of harsh life conditions, so the attendance at the signing ceremony of the novel “Bar Layalina” by writer and novelist Ahmed Al-Fakhrani.
Successive praises by writer and critic Sayed Mahmoud and novelist Mansoura Ezz El-Din to the latest works of Ahmed Al-Fakhrani issued by Dar Al-Shorouk, during a signing ceremony and discussion of the novel issued by Dar Al-Shorouk, in a consulate building in downtown, last Tuesday, stressing that the texts of that novel have contributed to He exposed the “emptiness and falsity” of society in general and not limited to the intellectual community only.
The novelist Ahmed Al-Fakhrani said that observing the case of “the falsehood of some intellectuals” was the entry point in the novel “Bar Layalina,” and that it is not the first time that he addresses this issue related to the “impostor intellectual or artist.” Sometimes I personally wonder, what is The original traits in my character and what is false?, in pursuit of permanent development, a constant struggle within many of the characters.
He added, “The idea of ​​the plagiarist artist is still taking shape, starting with the novel “Al-Shawam’s Bayat”, through the novel “Conquering the Dog”, and ending with the novel “Bar Layalina”. The next novel will focus on the same idea, related to the role of some in falsifying society. We saw the same thing with many writers, we do not repeat the “theme,” but inside us we are “worried” that we will not reach the completion of our perception of a certain character or axis in more than one work.
He continued: The novel’s question about “the falsity of some intellectuals” is not a “new theme,” and my use of it was limited to being an “apparent entrance” only, and the protagonist, Noah, and the way he appeared is not related to “foolishness” per se, but rather about the crisis of a man He discovered the amount of foolishness that he is, this is his personal discovery, and the dramatic tension comes from the hero’s discovery of the false meanings and ideas in which he lives and deals with, discovering the matter here is the “biggest crisis”.
Al-Fakharani continued: I was keen that the main character in the novel “Bar Layalina” should have vitality, compared to the heroes of previous works, and I always felt that the character of the “vital” hero was more difficult and more complex, and I often wondered why I was prevented before writing another My works dealt with the character of the dreaming hero, and my first attempts were not complete, but I drew that character as much as possible, for a lively hero who seeks in every way to get everything, and he is like many characters in life who move despite sadness, pressures and difficulties that do not prevent them from practicing life.
He continued: I am attracted by the characters who do not stop moving, striving and vitality, as they are characters that tend to life greatly and do not stop asking questions, and it was only suitable in this world to restore the features of the world of “third degree cinema”, to ordinary heroes, all of their backgrounds stemming from attraction and obsession with films. And serials and not any other sources of culture.
“The bet is not guaranteed all the time on the theme of “joking,” said Al-Fakhrani, who added that: The narrative framework that relies on “lightness,” the matter is always surrounded by risk, if the reader does not engage with the essence of what I want to go to in a work of fiction. It is made in this way, so the reader will not see anything in it, but if the reader interacts with what I mean, he will see in it the required depth and the meaning I intended, and then he will discover the amount of enjoyment and suspense in it.
While journalist and critic Sayed Mahmoud said: Ahmed Al-Fakharani has a regular literary production over 10 years of creative work, and that there are many common denominators in many of his works, where the heroes are always busy with existence, and how to coexist with the context in which they live, there are many One of the philosophical issues related to the nature of life in the works of Ahmed Al-Fakhrani.
Mahmoud added that Al-Fakharani is always able to combine literary forms that are light and simple, and those that are deep and dive into the writer’s imagination, and that the author of “Bar Layalina” is not an exception to most of our books of Arab or international literature, and sometimes they possess features of exoticism. Whether it is derived from the Arab heritage, The Thousand and One Nights, or sources of world literature in general and Latin American literature in particular.
He added: Ahmed Al-Fakhrani has the ability to create his own imagination, with him you feel that the text is visible as if it was a film or dramatic material, you always discover that he has the ability to enter this imagined world through a realistic portal, and we see signs of this in his works, such as the Jado family, And the biography of the master of the pasha, and even in the subjugation of the dog.
He continued: In the Layalina bar, when looking at the hero Noah, we find Ahmed Al-Fakhrani, and he was able with a high efficiency to control his path, from the beginning of his appearance to the end of the novel, which is efficient in showing the identity of the hero in the texts of the novel, which created scenes that are close to mixing More than a cinematic scene, even in the context of the chapters, he named them after the names of the films, even the bar that witnesses the main events of the second half of the novel, we feel in certain moments, that it has features of the cinematic bar that we know in the fantasies we were raised on.
“I always tell Ahmed Al-Fakhrani that he has an inner passion for philosophical novels.” So Sayed Mahmoud expressed what he said to the novelist Ahmed Al-Fakhrani, adding: The novel is characterized by lightness and graceful aesthetic meanings, although it is a profound novel, but it is characterized by a great degree of enjoyment, and its author writes with the utmost enjoyment, which is the case Which is transmitted to the reader, as Fakhrani insists on presenting an advanced form of parody of several models, whether they are protagonists of novels to complement the sarcastic sense that characterizes him.
As for the novelist Mansoura Ezz El-Din, she said that despite the small size of the novel, it is very rich, and it is possible to get out of it with more than one reading, and it is also possible to get out of it with many ideas. He has his own creative area with special topics and questions to focus on, and he reaches that area from different angles and with various references.”
She continued: While reading the novel, I remembered distinct texts from the “literature of foolishness”, a type of creativity that appeared at the beginning of literature and is based on the idea of ​​the “fool” theme, which is in a personal confrontation with “the wise”, whether as characters or as ideas, and Al-Fakhrani has his method. The special issue in creating foolish literature, and we can make us see with it the issue from more than one angle.
And she added: What is common in the literature of foolishness is that it is always ridiculous out of laughter, but by contemplating all human existence, we find that the issue has a response to everything around us. .
She explained that she had noticed that the texts of the novel were mixed with a kind of sadness due to the subject of the novel in itself. Emptiness and falsehood” is societal in general, and what is meant here is not a moral judgment but a philosophical judgment.
She added: “Al-Fakharani’s intelligence was evident in the choice of places, and the way he described them, and we noticed that the places in themselves reveal a lot to us, and they clearly refer to the issue of alienation and narrowness. It’s like a prison.
Ezz El-Din indicated that Al-Fakhrani does not turn his characters into caricatures, although this area of ​​humor tempts the writer to practice sarcasm, stressing that Al-Fakhrani is always keen, even in presenting evil or fake characters, to reflect something human in the character.
Ezz El-Din: Al-Fakharani’s reference in “Bar Layalina” continued the Egyptian cinema with her films that are accessible to everyone. It is proportional to the choice of the characters in the novel, especially the hero Noah, given that Warda is a voice loved by all segments of society.
She concluded that the most important feature of the novel, in addition to its success in choosing the characters and the story, is the questions that exist in the infrastructure of the work and at the same time in proportion to the awareness of the characters.

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