Novelist Ziyad al-Hamami told al-Liwa: “All I want as a writer who carries his nation's concerns in his heart in this dusty time is…permanent literature that can stand the test of time” | Culture

A writer immersed in a problem mixes his thought with it and unites with it, he cannot isolate himself from it and resort to blind silence, because it dominates, worries, excites, injures him. Writing what he feels and pulling him out of his chaotic depression becomes his mission in life, sometimes isolating and depressing him, and in the most severe cases of anxiety and depression, he is quick to rebel and resist all forms of alienation. , tyranny, corruption, injustice and oppression, but he does not forget the complex and disturbing circumstances of his case and its psychological consequences, and when anxiety and discontent erupt in his tormented depths, a great revolution is born from the embryo of creativity. suffering and pain.

Thus, the novel “Gates of Istanbul” was born in 2023 AD. It was born with a compelling, fragmented narrative from the underbelly of the city and the world of marginalized exiles in the slums of Istanbul. Forced asylum and diaspora, racism and hatred, the search for an identity lost under destruction, the consequences of an unjust war, as well as love, passion and longing and longing, the lean years after the Arab Spring/Autumn when those traumatic consequences are still painful and bloody, as a writer, submission, A man who refused to surrender, shame and marginalization, a writer who united spiritually, intellectually and physically with a cause he believed in. Release of War Trilogy: “The Great Seal.” 2015 AD, it depicted scenes of eternal conflict and ever-renewed war, as the Queen of Palmyra minted her own gold coin, the “Xenobia”. At that time the battle was for control. and the supremacy of the Roman Empire. In short, the title “The Great Seal” contains symbols that are not difficult to interpret. Critics have interpreted it accurately, and many university professors have studied it academically and earned doctorate and master's degrees. As “Resurrection of the Last Virgin – Secret Hymns”, it exposed and exposed the role of Freemasonry in what is happening in our Arab countries. Novelist Ziad Kamal al-Hamami was born in 1959 in Aleppo, Syria. He is a member of the Arab Writers Association. I had a conversation with him:

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{Do you practice narrative existentialism to demystify anxiety or define it and highlight it in a narrative, naturalistic, chaotic way based on the strength of human suffering?

Even after the publication of the novel “Gates of Istanbul” in 2023 AD, after hard and painful labor, intense anxiety and dissatisfaction and real and realistic suffering, I still suffer from these existential issues as a writer. Anxiety, dissatisfaction, suffering, repression and agitation all seem to merge with memory, the consciousness and subconsciousness of important existential issues that can be relied upon when writing, and this living memory is not abstract imagery. It is memories that disappear and die, but rather it is an immortal human consciousness, and thus we see that nothing comes from nothing, and here I agree, this awareness, not… memory perishes, dissolves creatively with the text. dies medically and creatively, but the moment the writer begins to write, it comes alive in a different way, because his spirit, memory and passion for liberation and liberation become part of the letters, images, feelings and secrets of revelation and writing. .

{A novel trilogy that places you in places of our history. What would you like to write as a novelist? Or does writing cross the line?

– The Syrian War Trilogy which started with the publication of my novel “The Great Seal” in 2015 AD, followed by the novel “The Resurrection of the Lost Virgin – The Secret Hymns” in 2018 AD and the novel “Gates of Istanbul” in 2023 AD ”, in which the story transcends national borders, geographical barriers and cultural constraints, which are – as I think – a novel that expresses rebellion and resistance outside the herd. The realities of alienation and humiliating tyrannical laws in countries where every human being in the world is suffering are the same in Syria as in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan and Gaza. From here I can say that, like in Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh and other countries, the theme of my novels transcends borders and has automatically acquired immunity and human sympathy. As the story travels to diverse and conflicting locations, cities, villages and countries seeking to expose the scourges of wars, immoral chaos, corruption, brutality and racism, their prevalence in the Arab world. Countering the gatherings of injustice with creativity, as the trilogy sided with human problems wherever they are on earth, especially protecting the rights of women and children, has happened in Syria, and has happened before in other places, for example in Lebanon and other parts of the world. This is why the whole chapter of The Greatest Seal novel is set in Tripoli, Lebanon and locally. In my novel “A Coffin and Millions of the Dead” 2012 AD, we also find a whole chapter in Egypt and in the novel “Cats of Istanbul” the city and its cats are embedded as the theme of the text. Thus, places, wars, refugee tragedies, corruption and We see the impact of images of injustice. As well as passion and love, and the impact of all this on the lives of the characters of the novels in the Arab world, and not in the narrow Qatari space, and as long as the themes of the novels I present are humane and non-ideological, they can bear the face of oblivion and neglect. And marginalization, therefore, it is throughout the Arab world. Spread without restrictions.

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{Do you trust the novel to preserve Arab memory and the events in it? Will “Cats of Istanbul” stand the test of time?

– What I want as a writer who carries the concerns of his nation in his heart in this dusty time is permanent literature that will pass the test of time and affect readers for generations, rising to the platform of immortal living collective memory. I don't care about short-term writing, and I'm not looking for temporary success. I like major projects that present models that can spread globally, no matter how long it takes, or it's not a beautiful “photograph”, entertainment or an “electronic” game that ends at the end of the specified time for the game. , this is what I emphasize. I always, and I admit, I am a writer for novels that stand the test of time, I rely on young readers, writers and critics, because they are the ones who will carry the banner, and they are the future ray of the new Arabic literature, in my opinion, when the writer expresses humanity with humanity, where in the world Although he spread his language through Arabic, he was a universal writer and reached an international level. Thus I see. The key to globalization is creative localism that can withstand the laboratories of time. From this standpoint, I cannot hide my delight when I read critics writing about my humble literary experience. In the 1980s, The. The first collections of short stories it published still receive critical scrutiny 30 years after their publication, and readers and critics who were not born on the day they were published are interested in them.

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