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by D J-. Davies,Sonallah Ibrahim

  • ISBN: 043599400X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: D J-. Davies,Sonallah Ibrahim
  • Other formats: lrf lit mbr doc
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educ.; n.e. edition (October 9, 1978)
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • FB2 size: 1544 kb
  • EPUB size: 1756 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 685
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Sonallah Ibrahim’s most popular book is اللجنة. That Smell and Notes from Prison by. Sonallah Ibrahim, Robyn Creswell (Translator).

Said Ibrahim: "But it is Allah that causeth the sun to rise from the East: Do thou then cause him to rise from the West. Prophet Ibrahim did his best to make his people heedful of the Oneness of Allah, and to worship Him alone. He bade them to firmly renounce the worship of idols. Thus was he confounded who (in arrogance) rejected faith. Nor doth Allah Give guidance to a people unjust. He tried every means possible to convince them.

That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim’s modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential Arabic novels. These stark, intense writings shed unexpected light on the sources and motives of Ibrahim’s groundbreaking novel. Composed in the wake of a five-year prison sentence, the l story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city. That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim’s modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential novels written in Arabic since WWII. Composed after a five-year term in prison, the l story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city. New Directions Publishing, 19 февр.

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The most pervasive symptom of this stagnation, in Ibrahim’s fiction, is sexual. The narrator of That Smell is a prototype for the heroes of his later novels: a bookish loner whose encounters with women, real or imagined, are awkward and anticlimactic. His one meeting with a prostitute turns into a comedy of errors. It is the narrator’s sexual powerlessness that seems to have most worried the Egyptian censors. In his 1986 introduction, Ibrahim writes of being interrogated by an officer in the Ministry of Information shortly after the novel was printed.

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Reviews about Smell of it (2):
Life is certainly made up of mostly trivial events and repeated patterns which are in themselves uninteresting. Even death, success, failure, and love can be lost in an overwhelming mass of trivial events.
"I got up, I brushed my teeth, I ate a piece of toast with apricot jam, I put on my clothes and didn't put my pajamas away, I went out, saw a yellow Volvo heading down the street, then my brother called me on my cell phone and told me that our mother died."
If this sort of narration interests you, you will like THE SMELL OF IT. The ambience is Cairo/Egypt of the 1960s, not one which would be familiar to English readers of today. That is an interesting plus. The author spent five years in prison for political reasons, so his experiences and attitude are reflected in the writing too. The five stories in this collection have a sad atmosphere which surrounds the tales of lower middle class Egyptian life of the time---an ex-prisoner's alienation, a fear of open spaces and raw nature, a child's view of divorce and war, an isolated family vs. the world. All of these stories are embedded in a mass of trivia that indeed does surround us, but may or may not constitute satisfactory reading material for you.
The author took this minimalist style in this, his early work. Later he wrote more directly political material. He is one of the important Egyptian writers, but not much translated into English.
Billy Granson
This short 118-page book is comprised of five short stories; one of them, The Smell of It, takes up about half of that book. This was written in 1964, just after the author's release from prison for political issues, and comes across as a disjointed series of aimless daydreams, fantasies, and a sense of purposelessness mixed with fatalism. The other stories are essentially all short bits of life - the musings of a rather unsympathetic doctor as he is driven across the desert to the next city, as he reflects on the road, his patients, demands made on him, etc; a dutiful son resigned to the care of his ailing parents in a small room, whose circle of life has shrunk to just those four walls; a young boy (the author) in his search for exciting novels finds real life drama in the form of conflict between his parents less interesting; and the same boy, close to his father, experiencing an air raid for the first time.

Ibrahim has a writing style noticeably different from the typical 'American' short story feel. His work is sometimes poetic, sometimes dreamy and illusory, and one gets the impression on is eavesdropping on the subjects, catching them in the middle of one thing, seeing something happen or not happen, and leaving them in the middle of something else.

If you enjoy reading a variety of writing, this is worth the time invested.

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