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Egyptian writer shares passion for her country with the world

Egyptian writer shares passion for her country with the world | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- Ahdaf Soueif isn't in one place for long. She has spent the last month touring India and Australia, and is back in her native Egypt for a few days before heading to London.

She is in demand for speaking engagements, particularly at literary festivals, to help the world understand political events in Egypt, still in turmoil more than two years after its revolution.

Soueif, 62, is a Booker-shortlisted author and political commentator whose most recent book "Cairo: My City, Our Revolution" gives a personal account of her involvement with the protests in January 2011 that led to the downfall of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Soueif is not one for commentating from a safe distance. On the day before we speak, she has yet again joined protesters on the streets of Cairo. (...)

For Soueif, the revolution that began in January 2011 is still a work in progress, because despite free presidential elections in June 2012, there have not been the changes in social justice that many were hoping for.

Despite the setbacks and continuing violence, Soueif is adamant the country is better off than it was before 2011.

"I'm very optimistic," she said. "The change that has happened in people was huge. People have broken free and expressed what they want."

 

More : http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/08/world/africa/ahdaf-soueif-egytian-writer

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Egyptian author Mahmoud Salem dies age 84

Egyptian author Mahmoud Salem dies age 84 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

On February 24 2013, beloved Egyptian author Mahmoud Salem died at the age of 84. He is perhaps most famous for writing serial books for children under the titles of “The Five Adventurers” and “The 13 Devils”.  Most adults still remember the heroes of those books, namely Takhtakh, which means ‘chubby’ in Egyptian Arabic, and his detective pal Loza.

Most recently, he wrote a series of political articles for Tahrir Newspaper. On 22 February, the newspaper published an article in which he criticised the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Egypt, El Mahrousa –the protected one– is donned in black. Everything in it is sad, dark and melancholy, and Qandil’s government is still blaming the Mubarak regime. Why did you [the Muslim Brotherhood] race to rule Egypt? Why did you make empty promises? ” Salem questioned in his article.

Salem reportedly suffered from a heart condition but refused to have an operation to correct the problem, saying that he was too old. (Daily news Egypt)

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Author Gamal al-Banna dies aged 93

Author Gamal al-Banna dies aged 93 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Author Gamal al-Banna died Wednesday at age 93 after receiving treatment at a Cairo hospital for pneumonia.

Born in 1920, he was the younger brother of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose policies he rejected. Banna was a liberal thinker who wrote about controversial Islamic issues.

Banna wrote and translated more than 150 books including his first,"Three Hurdles to Glory"(1945), and "New Democracy" (1946).

Banna lectured for 30 years until 1993 at the Workers University in Cairo and other specialized institutes. He was also an expert who consulted at the Arab Labor Organization.

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The pick: ‘The Devil Rules’ urges readers to think critically

The pick: ‘The Devil Rules’ urges readers to think critically | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mostafa Mahmoud’s 2004 “The Devil Rules” is a book about hippies, rising drug abuse and Western supremacy over the Arab world. It is a book about the past and present, touching upon social, economic and political issues.

The book mimics the author’s own long journey in search of answers to the puzzling realities of this world. Mahmoud (1921–2009) was a prominent author who wrote on a number of different issues. Because of his background as a physician, he often adopted an inquisitive, scientific approach to interpreting the world in relation to religious faith.

In “The Devil Rules,” Mahmoud plays the devil’s advocate, trying to trace phenomena back to their “origins.” According to Mahmoud, the hippy movement was doomed to fail because peace can only be achieved once humans gain control of their whims and learn to give unconditionally.

Mahmoud touches upon the media’s control over the masses, describing it as a major weapon of mass destruction and calling it “modern time opium.”

The book also discusses social matters — such as addiction, smoking and crude sexuality — that have become normalized, as well as political issues such as the Israeli invasion and Zionist control over Western media.

For today’s readers, “The Devil Rules” may offer little in terms of information, but it offers something arguably much more important and relevant: The urge to think and analyze. As well as influencing many authors, “The Devil Rules” has helped many readers think for themselves, instead of blindly adopting what’s being presented to them.

For readers, the book is like a capsule of condensed material and thoughts, and a window for innovation. Although its general air is dark and gloomy, “The Devil Rules” is still somewhat optimistic, leaving every chapter open-ended for readers to place their own solutions or opinions. (Amany Aly Shawky/Egypt independent)

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/pick-%E2%80%98-devil-rules-urges-readers-think-critically

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"Deux chambres avec séjour, les petits riens du quotidien", par l’Egyptien Ibrahim Aslan

"Deux chambres avec séjour, les petits riens du quotidien", par l’Egyptien Ibrahim Aslan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Dans une série qu’il qualifie de « Petit feuilleton domestique », l’écrivain égyptien Ibrahim Aslân donne à voir tout un quartier à travers les volets d’un couple d’un certain âge. Touchant et sensible.


Khalil et sa femme Ihsan ont l’âge où les enfants ont quitté le foyer, à deux dans deux pièces, ils voient leurs voisins évoluer, et vivent par procurations d’autres vies où l’on vit veuf, marie ses enfants etc… Et dans un petite appartement où le temps et le rêve ont toute la place, les moindres détails du quotidiens prennent toute l’épaisseur du passé. Les fèves du petit déjeuner sont transfigurées quand elle s’accompagnent de lentilles plutôt que de riz, et Ihsan rêve encore que quand ses enfants viennent diner, ils restent également dormir.

Ibrahim Aslân livre ici un quotidien éminemment poétique où les moindres détails sont, à mille lieues des symboles, les preuves les plus tangibles que la vie est pleinement vécue, même dans une surface congrue, et surtout, à tout âge. Un beau recueil.

 

Actes Sud, traduit de l’arabe par Stéphanie  Dujols, Actes Sud, février 2013, 128 p., 16.0 euros.

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