"‘I was very moved’, came his voice down the line. ‘But you’re not cruel enough to me D. You’ve protected me. Your novel suffers from that. And you don’t understand, you haven’t written how much I loved you. Mali loves Farid more than he loves her. Farid isn’t me.’"
And, in many ways, Ghali's 1964 novel traces the history of his protagonist's "Orientalization": how Ram becomes divided against himself, how a man of his class and education becomes an Egyptian who isn't Egyptian.
I have an unhealthy fascination with translational gossip. So when I was reading Edward Said's 1989 afterword to Elias Khoury's Little Mountain---an afterword I don't like, as it fixates on Naguib Mahfouz and then finally admits that Khoury has nothing to do with Mahfouz---this caught my eye: ...a few years ago [before Mahfouz won the … Continue reading (New York) Publisher: ‘Arabic After All Is a Controversial Language’