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by Sonallah Ibrahim,Roger Allen,Mary St Germain

  • Author: Sonallah Ibrahim,Roger Allen,Mary St Germain
  • ISBN: 9774247167
  • ISBN13: 978-9774247163
  • ePub: 1708 kb | FB2: 1290 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press (March 2002)
  • Rating: 4.4/5
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The Committee Sonallah Ibrahim; Mary St. Germain and Charlene Constable, trans. Roger Allen, ed. Three Tales of Love and Death Out El Kouloub Women Without Men: A Novella Shahrnush Parsipur; Kamran Talattof and Jocelyn Sharlet, trans. A Cup of Sin: Selected Poems Simin Behbahani; Farzaneh Milani and Kaveh Safa, trans. Fatma: A Novel of Arabia Raja Alem with Tom McDonough Fugitive Light: A Novel Mohammed Berrada; IssaJ. Yasar Kemal on His Life and Art Eugene Lyons Hebert and Barry Tharaud, trans.

Sonallah Ibrahim is an Egyptian novelist and a major literary figure in the Arab world

Sonallah Ibrahim is an Egyptian novelist and a major literary figure in the Arab world. He has published short stories, historical and scientific children's books, translations of American and German fiction, and seven novels, including Tilka al-ra' iha (The Smell of It), Beirut-Beirut, and Warda. Mary St. Germain is head of the Near East section at the University of Washington Libraries. Charlene Constable studied Arabic at the University of Washington and has traveled in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.

In this disturbing allegorical novel (first published in 1981), the acclaimed Egyptian author who seems poised to inherit the mantle of Naguib Mahfouz traces a nameless narrator's victimization by an indistinct judicial authority known only as . .

In this disturbing allegorical novel (first published in 1981), the acclaimed Egyptian author who seems poised to inherit the mantle of Naguib Mahfouz traces a nameless narrator's victimization by an indistinct judicial authority known only as "the committee.

Son'allah Ibrahim (Arabic: صنع الله إبراهيم‎ Ṣunʻ Allāh Ibrāhīm) (born 1937) is an Egyptian novelist and short story writer and one of the "Sixties Generation" who is known for his leftist and nationalist views which are expressed rath.

Son'allah Ibrahim (Arabic: صنع الله إبراهيم‎ Ṣunʻ Allāh Ibrāhīm) (born 1937) is an Egyptian novelist and short story writer and one of the "Sixties Generation" who is known for his leftist and nationalist views which are expressed rather directly in his work. His novels, especially later ones, incorporate many excerpts from newspapers, magazines and other political sources as a way to enlighten the people about a certain political or social issue.

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Literature - Classics, Criticism.

Sonallah Ibrahim Translated byMary St. Germain Charlene Constable Afterword byRoger Allen.

Sonallah Ibrahim; Mary St. Jabra Ibrahim Jabra; Roger Allen and Adnan Haydar, trans. Three Tales of Love and Death. A Cup of Sin: Selected Poems. Simin Behbahani; Farzaneh Milani and Kaveh Safa, trans. Jilali El Koudia, trans.

Author: Sun'allah Ibrahim. The Committee, capably translated by Mary St. Germain and Charlene Constable, is primarily a crazy kind of allegory about the humiliation and intimidation of experiencing censorship. However, the book's second target is Sadat's policy, from 1974 onward, of infitah, or "opening'" - that is, the policy of opening up Egypt to foreign investors and encouraging them by offering all sorts of tax and legal exemptions ) Although it is more picaresque than plotted, The Committee certainly has its moments, and the comedy sometimes achieves a Pinteresque flavor.

anneli
This was purchased for a class, but my boyfriend read me excerpts and said he loved it! He likened him to Kafka!
Frdi
Had to read for a class. Odd story, even stranger plot. Lots of ambiguity if thats your thing. Best Part? It is short.
Vrion
Well first of all... I haven't read this novel yet, but it is an assigned novel for my course so I have to, which is unfortunate because the book I received is both upside down and written from the wrong side, meaning the first page is where the last page is supposed to be. I have no idea how readers go about managing this problem without returning the book, which i don't have time to do since it is an assigned reading.
Have no idea how it slipped through quality control.
I looked forward to reading this book, not so much anymore...
Makaitist
"The Committee", by Sun Allah Ibrahim joins the work of writers including Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The comparison that is most easily drawn is to Kafka's, "The Trial". While this may be the easiest parallel to draw it suggests this is just a variation on a theme and that would be a disservice to this book and the author.
The unnamed narrator first petitions a committee. This group is made of members we are told virtually nothing about. Our narrator only makes vague references to what a positive decision from this committee would mean to him. Whatever his goal, it must be of great value for during his first audience he is not only queried on his knowledge, his is degraded, pointlessly degraded. The similarities to other writings remain in regard to arbitrary and absolute authority; together with the perversions of thought and justice they produce. Unlike, "The Trial", there is no evidence he stands accused of anything on his initial hearing. The committee after a long delay sets for him yet another task, and when they learn of how he proceeds despite the blockades put before him, the group visits him, with a single member remaining. This shadow is the same individual who so crudely humiliated him before. The treatment again begins with the total invasion of everything that is held private for the individual, with the result that our narrator commits a crime, comes once again before the committee, and receives a surreal sentence.
Throughout this fairly brief work the narrator in his appearances before the group, and in his private thoughts often expounds on his theories with seemingly bizarre examples. What becomes bizarre is that in their way his arguments make sense, and this is after Coca-Cola, peanut farming, cigarettes, anti-depressants, and presidential elections explain his thoughts.
The sentence our anti-hero receives is described by the publisher as a new realm of satiric surrealism. Whether satiric or satanic, the ending is not one you will forget, and you may likely be drawn to read the work of other writers who wanted their subjects to stand firmly in existential space.
Tiainar
First off, a caveat: The editorial reviews (above) for this fine, provocative novel do the disservice of revealing its entire story like Cliff Notes. Best to avoid reading them if you prefer the pleasure of discovering a novel's storyline as it's revealed by the author.

In its 166 pages, this short novel has a lot on its mind. Readers eager to defend the benefits of unchecked globalization will no doubt take offense at the critique of its impact on lesser developed countries, including Egypt and the rest of the Arab world as represented here by Sun`Allah Ibrahim. Meanwhile, its vision of the individual overwhelmed by social and political forces beyond his understanding applies anywhere dissent is suppressed and might makes right, which can happen even in self-proclaimed "free" societies.

There is plenty of Kafka and some Orwell in these pages, and the narrator's sardonic point of view owes much surely to the author's experience as a political prisoner during the tumultuous years of revolution in his home country. One does not suffer physically and psychologically for one's ideals and look respectfully at those whose chief objectives have been to amass power and wealth at the expense of others. Readers of any political persuasion should find the ironies at the center of this book a thought-provoking challenge to whatever they believe about what it means to be an individual in a binary world where people increasingly show up as survey results, digits on spreadsheets, and numbers in headlines.
kinder
Written from 1979-81, this short novel invites immediate comparison to Kafka's "The Trial". In it, an unnamed man is summoned to appear before a mysterious and apparently powerful committee who will apparently judge him in some way-although what this actually means is left unexplained. The first theme of the tale emerges when the committee asks him, "By which momentous event among the wars, revolutions, or inventions will our century be remembered in the future?" This results in a lecture on globalism (remember this was written over 20 years ago) via a capsule history of Coca-Cola and its proliferation across the world in the years after WWII. The second theme comes forth when the committee directs him to write "a study on the greatest contemporary Arab luminary." This drives him to research a powerful and mysterious man known simply as "the Doctor," a man with fingers in every conceivable pie. Given the timing of the writing, one could well read "the Doctor" as representing Sadat's "open-door" economic policies and the entire book as a satirical attack on those policies and the figures behind them. Despite the censorious obstacles in his path, the narrator manages to start uncovering nuggets of truth about "the Doctor." Unsurprisingly, this angers the committee and he is commanded to pick another subject which leads to a surreal (and satirical) climax.
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