"Indeed," Mahfouz said, "'Awdat Al-Ruh influenced my fiction writing as much as the works of El-Mazni and Taha Hussein."
But, Hanaa Abdel Fattah argues in Ahram Online, Egyptian theater has fallen into disrepair, thanks to censorship, religious red lines, and "bad commercialism."
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)?
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