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<b>The value of freedom</b> the writer against the establishment

Samia Mehrez

in Egypt's Culture Wars

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163746
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.003.0006
The value of freedom the writer against the establishment

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Sonallah Ibrahim was honored as one of the Arab world's most distinguished novelists, at the closing ceremony of the second International Conference on the Arab Novel. During his speech, Sonallah struck a sensitive chord: the dependence of the cultural field on the political one. In the Arab world, cultural figures are predominantly civil servants of the state, so long as they are intelligent enough to respect the unpredictable boundaries of the political game. Such is the dominant model to which Sonallah is an exemplary exception. It is precisely his distance from this dominant model that has allowed him to assume his “responsibility” as an Arab writer whose creative work is engaged, indeed saturated with, “contemporary individual and national issues”.

Keywords: Egyptian Opera House; Arab community; Sonallah Ibrahim; Abab Novel Award; Amrikanli; prison diary

Chapter.  8457 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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