dali48 and studying and playing chess and stopping smoking in the 70s...
25.01.2008 - Interpretation of dali48
Naguib Mahfouz - The Son of 2 Civilizations. The first of these, 7000 years old, is the Pharaonic civilization - the second, 1400 years old is the Islamic civilization... (N. Mahfouz, Nobel L.)
Many Egyptians know the stories by Mahfouz from the cinema... - The Egyptian film industry is, next to that of the USA and India, the largest in the world... - Mahfouz is a contributor and a reader of the Cairo newspaper Al-Ahram (The Pyramids), founded in 1875... - Mahfouz also obviously sought for a reliable anchorage in the distant past during years of war, upheaval, and calamity... - This made some of Rushdie's enemies compare The Satanic Verses to the Children of Gebelawi, concluding that a similar "fatwa" should have been pronounced on Mahfouz, too... - It is like a late surrealistic film by Luis Bunuel or an absurd drama by Eugene Ionesco... - And the observer seems to behold an eternal return of decline and fall, nationally as well as individually... - In Amam al'arsh ("Before the Throne"), published in 1983, Egyptian leaders of different eras are assembled and committed for trial at a court. The justice in this Supreme Court is the sun god Osiris, sitting on his throne. The goddess Isis and their son, falcon-headed Horus assisting him, sits by his side... - Like Osiris, Mahfouz examines and assesses the standards of Egyptian rule, life and manners... - The author's quest is a pursuit witout end...
The medal of the Swedish Academy represents a young man sitting under a laurel tree - who, enchanted, listens to and writes down the song of the Muse. The inscription reads:
Inventas vitam juvat excoluisse per artes (Inventions enhance life which is beautified through art). The words are taken from Vergilius Aeneid, the 6th song, verse 663... (N. Mahfouz, Articles)
09/22/2011 - Interview with Author dali48 on Google +