December 13, 2023

Jeddah Book Fair Chronicles the Tales of Naguib Mahfouz

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As part of the cultural program of the Jeddah Book Fair, a dialogue session titled “Tales of Naguib Mahfouz” organized, led by Dr. Mohammed Ismail and moderated by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Freih. Dr. Ismail emphasized that Naguib Mahfouz possessed a visionary perspective. Stating, “Naguib Mahfouz deserves to be read not just once but multiple times, especially considering his significant foresight.”

He further added, “Naguib Mahfouz’s presence is more evident in his articles than in his literary works. If you want to understand something about Egypt, read Naguib Mahfouz, for he is a pioneer and innovator. His influence persists, dominating the literary mindset, remaining unparalleled to this day, and his name is one many attempt to emulate.”

Accordingly, Dr. Ismail revealed that at one point, Naguib Mahfouz faced the threat of arrest due to literary works misinterpreted by unhealthy interpretations. It was thanks to Gamal Abdel Nasser’s intervention that this was prevented.

Regarding his motivation for writing, the book “The Journalist in Naguib Mahfouz’s Literature,” Dr. Ismail expressed”. It is the passion and love for Naguib Mahfouz’s literature that brought me here to Jeddah. Several motivations inspired me to write the book, beyond my love for literature. Influenced by Naguib Mahfouz and his way of life, and throughout my life, I breathed Naguib Mahfouz’s literature literally.”

Furthermore, Jeddah Book Fair continues to open its doors to visitors. Showcasing the latest releases from Saudi, Arab, and international publishing houses. With a total of 1,000 publishers distributed across 400 pavilions in the current edition. Additionally, the fair features a comprehensive and diverse cultural program. Including dialogue sessions, poetry evenings, and workshops conducted by distinguished personalities.

Additionally, Dr. Ismail highlighted that the motivation behind his book was a blend of admiration for literature and a deep connection to Naguib Mahfouz’s life and experiences. As the Jeddah Book Fair unfolds its literary panorama. It serves as a vibrant platform for exploring the latest publications. Engaging with the cultural richness embedded in the dialogues, poetic sessions, and workshops. Presented by esteemed figures in the literary realm.

Source: Okaz

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