Writer Fatima Al-Hajji: The novel "The Departure of Ares" is a cry against the Libyan war

Writer Fatima Al-Hajji: The novel “The Departure of Ares” is a cry against the Libyan war

date of publication:
September 13, 2022 7:18 GMT

Update date: September 13, 2022 8:50 GMT

The novel “The Departure of Ares” by the Libyan writer Fatima Al-Hajji conveys human pain wrapped in the magic of narration and art. In her interview with “Erm News”, she describes the novel as “shocking.”

In her literary work, Al-Hajji tells about the conflicts that are happening in her country, and despite the withdrawal of pessimism that dominates the scene, she is betting on the departure of Ares, the “god of war,” one day from her homeland.

“The Departure of Ares” is your second novel after “The Screaming of the Basement.” How do you present it to the Arab world? What do you want to tell your readers?

The novel “The Departure of Ares”! How difficult it is to go back to describing the moment of writing and to feel the pain that resides in my depths to form the arrangement of the pains that lie in my defunct divisions, to write a novel that is the lifeline for me from silence and from the depths of nothingness and from the betrayal of silence when it requires disclosure and explosion, betrayal of the self before the homeland when words are reincarnated and not He reveals the truth through the corridors of time and its dark corridors.

“The Departure of Ares” is a shocking novel that narrates what is happening in Libya of a conflict in which conflicting personalities of different ideologies and pains participate, and Arab personalities who have been subjected to the aggression of “Arab hell” intervene in the conflict. .

Every character tries to take revenge on a direct and indirect enemy and an imaginary enemy, and some victims have a different idea of ​​resisting aggression to reveal the illusion of the Arab self, to clarify the contradictions between our behavior, and what we claim of noble values. Events make them more exciting and complex between the personalities damaged by the war and its distortions and the end of political systems and the distortions and hatred left behind.

The novel does not carry a direct message, but rather carries a conscious vision of what is going on in a darkened area where the light does not enter and the sun of truth does not shine in it, and it is not a file of events, but rather the human pain enveloped in the magic of narration and art.

I wrote this novel because I couldn’t help but write it.

What role does Ares the “god of war” play in Greek myth, in the novel?

The narrator employs several possibilities in composing the work of the novel. The legend is one of the most important means that reveals to us the writer’s capabilities in investing the heritage. Ares presented an intense symbol to express the war and its details. He is a god. God is the best disclosure of the violence associated with the mythical god who kills mercilessly.

The legend was manifested in the employment of Ares as a hateful symbol, despite his strength and tyranny, to spread devastation in the space of the novel, and his image trampled the feet of lover characters, “Moses”, the politician of a regime that ended and was subjected to the injustice and chaos of wars, and “Hur” a victim of rape and the loss of boys, a doctor from Syria who falls into captivity For the ISIS group in a Libyan city, love generates the renunciation of the god of war, and here is an important sign of the multiple connotations of the novel.

Ares embodied the political and historical dimension, and the legend was the culmination of the conclusion when Hoor whispered to Moses as she left the country, “Ares will leave and I will give you a homeland.”

You were known in the cultural arena by publishing three critical books. Do you tend to criticize or novel more?

There is a big difference between critical writing and creative writing.

Creative writing is an emotional state that has its own data and conditions, and it is like the state of separation between the real self and the imagined self, and it is subject only to the condition of talent..

The stages of creativity pass through the preparation, the latency stage, the shining stage, the investigation and implementation stage, and then the review, and here perhaps critical experience intervenes… The positioning between criticism and novel is a choice on the one hand and compulsion on the other hand.

Here we must return to the stage of childhood and childhood, as literary tendencies appeared in me because I grew up in a house full of literature, science and mysticism.

I wrote poetry and short stories, then stopped to devote myself to in-depth studies and obtaining a doctorate abroad. The field of criticism was one of the specialties I found myself in.

Writing a novel remains more difficult, more enjoyable and painful.

Do you expect the cry of “Ares” to reach the Libyans and the whole world? Will Ares ever leave Libya, in your opinion?

I expect that the novel, which is a cry against war and against the oppression of man to his fellow man, will reach if it finds the interest in delivering it to the whole of the Arab world, because it is a novel that carries conscious visions of what is going on in our fragmented present time.

I dedicate the novel to all the children victims of the Arab “hell” spring wars, who grew old when they were young, to all the women of my country mourning on the waves of disasters, to all the martyrs who perished with honor carrying the banner of glory for the sake of the one nation’s elevation.

According to what one of the critics said about it, Dr. Suleiman Zeidan: “The novel of the departure of Ares was written by a human being, in the capacity of a creative writer and an honest and well-informed historian.”

The arrival of the novel to the readers’ mind depends on the activity of the publishing house and the loyal interested in spreading purposeful culture and works laden with noble goals, and this is an effort that requires full awareness of the importance of the novel in creating awareness of the reader..

I appeal from your spacious pulpit to turn the eyes of the faithful to this novel and deliver it to the corridors of the rich culture in our Arab countries that preceded us in prosperity and stability.

It is certain, in my opinion, that Ares will leave despite all the clouds of pessimism that dominate the Libyan space at all levels, and the political and catastrophic conditions in the world that accumulate darkness and destruction in our homes. Literature restores our souls, and narration forces the breaking of man, as Vincent Van Gogh puts it, “Art restores those who have been broken by life.”

Do you think women’s writings are able to attract an audience, especially in the Arab region?

Women’s efforts in most fields still meet with contempt and inferiority, and what criticism deals with in most of the works exceed the works written by women except for some of the few pens that do justice to these publications..

Criticism in our Arab countries is still driven by whims and special relations on the one hand, and on the other hand, criticism still lags behind in keeping pace with the accumulated narrative works, and this is due to several reasons that cannot be extrapolated now.

But the hope remains that the level of awareness of the critic and the citizen will rise everywhere, and that the woman will prove her ability through intellectually and artistically mature works.

What difficulties do the cultural elite face in Libya in light of the political conflict?

There is no doubt that the countries that are still fighting bloody wars will not enjoy emancipation in the absolute sense or freedom of expression, and Libya is still paying the price of the international conspiracy by attacking it and destroying all the foundations of life in it.

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