May 26, 2024

Hawjan”… When the story is told from the perspective of jinn


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The novel “Hawjan” is one of the most prominent works by Saudi writer Ibraheem Abbas and one of his most famous and widely read. Since its publication by Yatakhayaloon  in 2013, it has captured the attention of readers, particularly teenagers and young adults. The book topped bestseller lists in bookstores across Saudi Arabia and has had thousands of copies printed in many  Arab countries. Additionally, it has been translated into English.

A traditional story with a different plot

The events of the novel “Hawjan” revolve around a family of jinn living peacefully in an abandoned house on the outskirts of Jeddah. Their tranquility is disrupted when a human family buys the house and moves in. This sets the stage for a love story between Hawjan the young jinn from the family, and Sawsan a beautiful human girl studying at medical school. The novel unfolds as we discover the fate of their unique relationship.

Although the story may seem traditional and has been explored in numerous literary and dramatic works for decades, what sets “Hawjan” apart is the clear cinematic style the author employs in narrating the events. This approach allows the reader to vividly visualize and experience the events with a sense of suspense and excitement. Additionally, Ibrahim Abbas’s unique perspective of telling the story from the viewpoint of Hawjan, the jinn, contrasts sharply with many other novels typically narrated by human protagonists.

Narrating the story from Hawjan’s perspective is the most striking and captivating aspect of this novel. It allows the reader to explore facets of the jinn world that they may never have considered, such as the jinn’s views on humans, how they respond to our perceptions of them, and the common stereotypes about their appearance and other details.

The author Ibraheem Abbas adds a touch of realism to the jinn characters, portraying them as ordinary beings living their lives and facing their own problems, much like humans. The novel also highlights the contrast between Arab societies’ perception of jinn and their reality. It demonstrates that jinn are not necessarily malevolent creatures as commonly believed, but can be kind and loving.

fantasy with an Arabian flavor

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