Tawfiq al-Hakim Day: Genius, Humorist, Misogynist, Grouch

"Indeed," Mahfouz said, "'Awdat Al-Ruh influenced my fiction writing as much as the works of El-Mazni and Taha Hussein."

Can Al-Hakim Be Staged (in English)?

Commenter Al Haraka (The Movement) apparently saw a version of my beloved The Donkey Market at the D.C. fringe festival. The play takes a Goha story---the region's "wise fool"---and expands on it, playing with the ideas of labor, slavery, and the ability to speak, all while entertaining. Indeed, the play addresses quite "modern" themes, perhaps … Continue reading Can Al-Hakim Be Staged (in English)?

(The Great) Tawfiq al-Hakim On Writing: Novels vs. Plays

I walked into our neighborhood bookstore (more of a stationery store with a few books) yesterday, and was pleased to find a nice assortment of somewhat-dusty fiction. True, the rack by the door was full of self-help, but I also found Essam Youssef's popular novel "based on a true story" 1/4 Gram, other recent fiction, … Continue reading (The Great) Tawfiq al-Hakim On Writing: Novels vs. Plays