A Balcony on Nothingness

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Publishing House: Athar Publishing House

Publication Year: 2021

Genre: Fiction,Novel

Number of Pages: 80

In his debut novel, “A Balcony on Nothingness,” the writer Ibrahim Al-Makrami establishes the foundations of his literary world, presenting a work of artistic and rhetorical maturity. In a concise yet profound language, poetic and contemplative, Al-Makrami delves into the most intimate emotions of human privacy, posing questions inherent to human existence.

Through the story of an individual arbitrarily arrested, we embark on an exploration of life within the confines of prison, with all its sharp contradictions and agonies that captivate the reader, generating a connection even for those unfamiliar with the bitterness of imprisonment.

The author presents a humane portrayal of individuals whose diverse destinies intersect and diverge, all seeking the meaning of innocence, justice, and the true reasons behind their arrests, leading them into a dark realm of the world. Throughout the novel, it seems that the protagonist is not merely pursuing justice or introducing new concepts to the existing order but attempting to define himself. The real imprisonment, it appears, is not caused by soldiers or forces attempting to restrain him but by question marks that could potentially annihilate him.

The novel unfolds within the tapestry of human contradictions, grappling with and seeking resolutions for the profound conflicts. Ibrahim Al-Makrami attempts to reconcile these stark contradictions and find solutions, exploring the differences between justice and injustice, humanity and inhumanity, white and black, love and hatred, and more.

As for the protagonist, he claims to see what no one else in the city, perhaps in the world, has seen. Despite the tragedy that unfolds, he clings to his humanity, acknowledging his limitations, unabashedly stating,

“The first steps of knowledge are knowing that you are ignorant.”

In contrast, we witness how this different and expatriate individual can live, searching for beauty, love, and freedom despite being detached from his homeland and environment.

The reader traverses between two voices that constitute the literary work, both weighing it down and forming the entire human existence: male and female. The author adeptly expresses and speaks with the voice of the female, describing her problems and perspectives on the world with precision and clarity.

It is a cohesive and powerful artistic and literary world that deserves to be read not only in the quest for freedom but primarily in the pursuit of self-discovery.

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