What is exciting about being alone? Why would a writer spend her time collecting the stories of talented single women? This is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the title of this book “Women Writers and Loneliness” by young Egyptian novelist “Nora Nagy”, but at the same time you will understand when you are done. the first few chapters, when you suddenly remember every time you were sort of alone, even among others.
The book Women Writers and the Unity by novelist Nora Nagy does not present a life story or biography for a group of the most famous women writers of the modern era, this material can easily be found even on Wikipedia, but Nora Nagy took us from a very close angle, so that we contemplate the situation of these talented women, who bring them together The love of writing and the dominant loneliness, and although these women differ you will find a connection between you and them in a way, as the writer found at the end of each chapter.
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Why Noura Nagy?
The writers and the unit of books that I wished had ten times as many pages, I was delighted to know the stories of the writers, but was more excited to read them from Nora Nagy’s point of view, as I I said, the life story of any of them can be known on websites, but the question is different here, I made women writers Closer, more human and more beautiful.
I read this book at the same time as I read the book by director Federico Fellini “I am Fellini”, in which he spoke about his film “Life is Good” and the personality of the intellectual in love with the hero of the cinema Marcello because he has everything, but his feeling is shattered when he finds out about the misery of this conscious friend. Accomplished in his practical and social life, and the murder of his children in a moment of despair and suicide.
Let me present this character during the film in a way that makes you feel his tragedy, but in the lines of his book it has become clear that he despises her, and he despises intellectuals like him and sees him as a destructive character, and this appeared again in his relationship with the main character of the film “Impostors”, whom he wrote that he could not present his Comic idea because his characters are evil and cunning, but in the film , we find sympathy for the character’s tragedy, which is really bad but at the same time deserves pity.إقرأ أيضا:اسئلة لو خيروك صعبه جدا
Here we find that we are in front of two characters from Fellini, one of whom is creative when making his films, who sympathizes with his characters, as bad as they are, and by extension makes us feel the same. , and the other is a more rational character, and maybe a judgment on humans that makes him lose that sympathy.
But Nora Nagy does not do the same, in her novels we find her sympathetic with all her characters, the bad and the good. Behind her is a child of seven, in the general custom we will judge him with a sharp moral judgment that she gave up her responsibility and left in her child’s heart an unforgettable romance, but in Nora Nagy’s book we are not with her the position of judge or arbiter, but rather we put ourselves in the dress of the character, we understand his motives and his pain And we feel that even the conscious intellectual is human, and perhaps more sensitive than others, which makes their reactions more severe and may give them an unreasonable reason for us to judge them.
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Why are women writers and loneliness?
I did not ask him the question, but I have a hypothetical answer, and it is related to the previous point, namely the sensitivity of the intellectual and an increased awareness of issues of ordinary and everyday life, which doubles when we speak here of women or writers.
The experience of a writer and a writer at the same time cannot be put in the same balance, even if they are equal in talent and in mental and linguistic capacities. There is a fundamental difference in everything from the way society, critics and editors deal with it, to the different psychological, social and biological pressures on women.
You can easily put any writer under the guise of writer only, and forget about their other roles. Few writers have found that their literature has been affected by their passage through the experience of parenthood for example, fatherhood here is a side event, not very related to their literary work, but the writer has the different question, motherhood can’t be Be a side event for even the talented, touching, biting and pushing super intelligents.
The experience of a writer like Elena Ferranti, for example, the writer cannot be separated here from the mother, which gives the character in the novel The Mysterious Girl, for example, extraordinary weight. He’s a real character. Whether or not she can separate herself as a researcher and writer from her motherhood, do not accept the latter’s confusion over The First, and fail to define the former without the latter.
Elena Ferrante is a writer who decided to give up writers’ desire to check through their relationship with their audience, and decided to disappear under a pseudonym and the image of an unknown woman. .
A woman screamed, terrified of melting into the motherhood pot and losing herself when in disguise, knowing full well that her text couldn’t be interpreted independently of her personally. One of the most significant difficulties that female writers face is that readers and critics cannot separate the characters in their literary works from their real lives, as if they were. They do not believe that literature has the talent to create fictional characters who do not represent them, and that their role is to convey their characters and experiences in the form of literary works.
You can’t say: read my work this, read how motherhood is from my point of view, but it is not my motherhood, and I am not the heroine of the story!
The problem that male writers are not exposed to, regardless of the characters they write, in a clear gender double standard, which brings us back to the beginning of the question: why did Noura Nagy choose to tell the stories of writers?
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Is the answer because the author of the book is a woman and a writer? I think this is a very superficial answer.
What is writing? Is it just a mental act, does someone with a keyboard or a pen and paper become a writer? So what is it that sets one great writer apart from another?
Writing is a talent, writing is beauty, writing is a special luminosity, the realization of reason, feelings and language abilities, a supernatural ability, similar to the abilities of superheroes in comics .
And the world that the heroines of this book lived was not ready to accept all kinds of beauty, especially women, so he refused Al-Zayat the right to publish his novels, ridiculed the cries of Valérie Solans against a male scientist and made a false image of the writer Nawal El Saadawi to ridicule the ordinary public and conceal His contributions that cannot be overlooked in women’s rights, and to associate the name of Mai Ziada with the names of her lovers, not with its literary works, one rarely finds a reading of these works, but it is common only for those who love Mai and who love Mai!
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The world does not accept from women only one specific type of beauty, the beauty of their features, face and body, the sexual beauty that can be exploited, molded and understood, and it denies them another beauty, this which places a double burden on them, not only proving their literary talent, but proving the ability of women to possess such beauty. It was this talent that made the experience of each of the ten writers of this book a very special journey.
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Women Writers and Lonely 115 pages of glamorous beauty, very sad and miserable beauty, stories that will definitely not please your heart, but very special read by writers who deserve it.