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REVIEW Ú NARRATIVEYOGACLUB.CO.UK Ï Sonallah IbrahimNto the fictional conseuently they disillusion the reader and produce a level of awareness that transforms the reader from a merely passive receiver of plot into an active engager in narrative The newsclippings therefore achieve a double estrangement effect each moving in a different direction one as an effect #of the fictional on the factual and the other as a result of the factual on the fictional #the fictional on the factual and the other as a result of the factual on the fictional sociopolitical satire is generated through this bridging of the fictional and the political the imaginary and the historicalIII The Content of the NovelMoving from the form of the newsclippings to their content and the latter s echoes with the content of the narrative it is clear that the newsclippings are not chosen at random First they are related to Zaat s job in the archive second they inform the daily events surrounding Zaat s life Thus in a nutshell as the novel moves from the socialism of Gamal Abdel Nasser to the neoliberalism of Mubarak while passing through the infitah economic policies of Anwar El Sadat the individual life of the characters changes accordingly For example we witness the introduction of many household products ranging from ceramics to transmission systems between televisions The newspaper clippings also document the political corruption and the social disasters that result from such bad governmentality The reader is invited to see how politics affect the social space and Zaat s own transformation from the beginning of the novel to its end from Zaat in the miniskirt to Zaat in the toilet crying This invitation assumes that Zaat act as what Lukacs calls as a typical character in which the collective and the individual are merged as one Thus what the newspaper paratexts seem to intensify are the points of crisis which afflict both Zaat and Egypt This process of intensification which is worked out between the newspaper paratexts and the narrative of Zaat in turn highlight the nderworkings of a failing neo liberal economy reaching its apex in the Kafkaesue scene in which Zaat and Himma attempt to file an official complaint about expired food being sold on the market Their attempts at filing the complain lead them to the limbo of bureaucracy *And Governmental Complacency An Episode In The Book Which Echoes * governmental complacency an episode in the book which echoes all the other catastrophes that are recorded in the newspaper documents I actually had the opportunity to meet the author while I was studying abroad in Cairo
He S Uite A Brilliants ite a brilliant and very well respected in Egypt especially as he operates outside of the literary establishmentZaat tells the story of an average woman s life in Cairo Many Arab authors such as Naguib Mahfouz tend to focus on the middle class yet this novel centers around a female from the lower class The book is extremely witty and satirical as it offers some scathing observations about Egyptian society Along with the story of Zaat s life are pieces from newspaper clippings that the author has collected These newspaper clippings involve government mismanagement corruption increasing influence of the West and the rise of political Islam Thus the life of the female character is again made parallel to the life of the nation Definitely an interesting read although the clippings can get a bit repetitive Reading this book is as close as you ll ever get to being an Egyptian before the January revolution It sprawls in every direction laughing crying loving and screaming in frustration Despite everything Zaat endures She endures in my head too I found myself thinking about her the other day wondering what she s making of Mubarak s trial I wonder if Ibrahim will write a seuel A wry darkl. S Zaat's life experiences and relationships are set against economic and social pheavals in a style that is both sophisticated and bawdy highly ironic and often extremely poignant Zaat's story is interspersed and illustrated with extracts from newspapers of the day headlines articles captions death notices advertisements reflecting events and incidents contemporary with her life Beautifully put toge. In my opinion It is the best Novel Sonalla wrote This is an amazing novel about Egypt in the post Nasser era The juxtaposition of narrative with news accounts of economic and political crimes show all too clearly the devastating impact of free market reform Dark satirical and powerful it taught me about contemporary Egypt than any other book I ve read on the subject I loved the way the author linked the change in the Egyptian Family with the changes in the community over the years By highlighting some of the Nespapers headlines showing the amount of corruption and The deterioration of the economic situation which most of Egyptian families faces he
was able to show their daily conflicts and the insides of their livesIable to show their daily conflicts and the
#insides of their #of their sorry for Zat and sadly enough we have lots of her around सेतो बाघ us i loved the fact that he payes attention to details i could see every little detail in the archive where she works streets and even her wrecked house I haven t seen the TV series but overall the buzz about the story is a bit over rated I NameTitle and Opening PagesLets start suitably from the beginning of the novel wherein the narrator is pondering on what kind of beginning should inaugurate the tale As readers we are immediately approached with the possibility of than one beginning As the first sentence testifies we can start with the natural beginning the birth of Zaat however the narrator ickly
decides against such a narrative start by invoking the specter of the critics or the ethical censors Thusagainst such a narrative start by invoking the specter of the critics or the ethical censors Thus novel demands another beginning in this vain let s search for an entry point from which we can critically read Zaat Let this be historical written in the 1980s and published in 1992 Zaat revisits the history of Egypt over several decades indexed by the three presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser Anwar Al Sadat and Husni Mubarak and the differing economic policies each adopted Thus it is an attempt to Une forme de guerre understand Egypt s past and present and perhaps to point Egypt to the future for what we witness in the time span that the novel covers is the interconnection between changes in the economic infrastructure the technological introductions of which the television would play an important motif and the social fabric of Egyptian society But let s go back again to the start the natural beginning will not suffice for being too natural too ethical to warrant the public to budge away from the televisual broadcasting in other words it would be too dull But this natural straight line is also a literary one which according to the contemporary view of the art is also too lackluster to draw watchers away from the television and towards the book Nevertheless the contemporary view of narration is simultaneously a male one seeking any kind of penetration it can to the life of Zaat Thus multiple penetrations are in orderWhat the narrator offerss in this first paragraph is a self reflexive pondering on the art of the novel but precisely on a novel called Zaat Self Thus the beginning of the novel is formally intended to be that of shock and estrangement The reader and the main protagonist are thus both introduced to the novel through shock II The Form of the Novel Here we turn to the form of the novel the Wrath of the Furies (Ancient World, uncanny juxtaposition of newspaper clippings and pictures with the fictional narrative In an extension of the estrangement effecttilized in the first pages of the novel the newspaper chapters intend to estrange the clippings from their original setting in real life by placing them in between the fictional life of Zaat Conseuently the newspaper documents have a new significance since they introduce a modicum of the real This Le Diable au corps unusual and much lauded novel tells the story of the life of an Egyptian woman the eponymous Zaat during the regimes of three Egyptian presidents Abdel Nasser Sadat and Mubarak Imbued with an Egyptian sense of humor and deeply rooted in the culture and politics of the modern period the novel takes a humorous but often black look at the changes that have occurred in Egypt over the past few decade. Y funny Egyptian novel The title character Zaat meaning self plods through her banal lifenable to keep Nativity Poems up with the transmissions of everyone around her It is a keepingp with the Joneses type of tale which takes
place from the 1970s to the early 1990s The narrative structure is neat with every other chapterfrom the 1970s to the early 1990s The narrative structure is neat with every other chapter collage of newspaper headlines and paragraphs which allegorically relate to the plot A nice palliative from the same boring old Egyptian fiction everyone reads The writer definitely fascinated me with his exceptional skill not because it was the first time for me to read a book written by him but he he has his own creative artistic way of writing bout his heroes and heroines that succeeds to captivate your attention I guess He doesn t write for anyone he writes for the ellitest who really have this bond with the writing craft and the art of writing the novelsSo it took me like three weeks or something to adapt with his eccentric yet outstanding way of putting stories and images into words I d have to say that this was my favourite thing while reading the novel his style of writing it was by far engaging for me than the stroy itself A good one not an interesting novel I felt it s a documentary for 60 s 70 s concentrating on the 80 s n the 90 s we don t know the political events the transformation of the society from nasser s era till mobarak sIt s been written in a strange way which I ve enjoyed mixing the tale of Zat a very normal girl which you call a vanilla person like the most of the mothers of 50 s borns and bits of the news published at every decadeIn fact I felt Zat is Egypt About the time the recent Egyptian drama was settling in on Cairo s
Tahrir Suare I Came Across An Article On Egyptian WritersSuare I came across an article on Egyptian writers their travails in this deeply censored nation Among the number of Egyptian writers listed was Ibrahim who has been at the forefront of challenges to Egypt s literary censorship so I opted for this book the centerpiece of his workZaat is a story of a modern Egyptian wife a middle class woman of no great thought or talent it appears married to Abdel Maguid a man of no great achievement and a stereotypically modern Middle Eastern male chauvinist He ends I Hate Everyone But You up in jail and Zaat must deal with Egyptian life s many incongruities among them trying to gaint recompense for spoiled food she s been soldInterspersed with Zaat s story are listings Ibrahim has taken from the various news media that viewed in seuence without time s diluting effect depict a corruption of Egyptian society based in overlaps of religion politics culture and the influence of European and American businessesIbrahim s prose or at least as it s presented to readers in English by translator Anthony Calderbank seems wooden as formally rigid as a bureaucrat s memos Butnderlying this there s an anger tempered somewhat by a sly sometimes sarcastic wit Zaat s story isn t an inspiring one *Nor Is It Meant * is it meant be it s an nvarnished view of modern Egyptian life and what makes it so humdrumClearly the society Ibrahim reveals its prejudices suspicions external influences and aspirations for the future are all part of the mix that recently brought down Hosni MubarakIt s import to American even European readers This conflation of religion and business that has ruled over and depressed Egyptian government and the lives of most of Egypt s population could ruin ours as well To take the US s current political social and economic pulse today to the extreme would seem to result in an Americanized version of Ibrahim s Egypt The way out of this precipitous spiral for the US need not be revolution but that way out isn t yet clea. Ther with bitter and cutting irony they tell of corruption financial scandals torture foreign debt and social problems The heroine epitomizes the hopes dreams and ambitions of simple folk tossed about on the stormy sea of modernization consumerism and the ever present mirage of new wealth Zaat is a brilliant social commentary that provides keen insights into how Egypt has come to be the way it is tod.