Majid Toubia … He made the idea of ​​travel and travel parallel to the act of writing

He continued to enjoy a romantic view haunted by man, open to his concerns for a dignified life and the pursuit of security, freedom and justice.

In his literary career, the Egyptian writer Majid Toubia was preoccupied with the idea of ​​travel and travel, within the country, within the characters and within life, until this idea became parallel to the very act of writing and as an interior. The narrative scene will remain deficient, as it is best to maneuver on the surface, without deepening and understanding the reality of the conflict and its roots branched into mirrors of self and existence.

The same idea accompanies the writer’s life and extends from the arc of birth on March 25, 1938, to Governor Minya in Upper Egypt, and his joining the College of Teachers, and after receiving his bachelor’s degree, he hastens to join the Institute of Movies. received a degree in screenwriting, then expanded his travel and adventure ropes to pursue a postgraduate degree in film directing from the same institute in 1972 and last Thursday, April 8, and after a battling the diseases of aging, the last bow puts the finishing touches on the booklet, where death disappeared at his home in Cairo at the age of 84, leaving a literary career full of giving and renewing, like many of his peers who formed the body of literature. sixties generation in Egypt.

Majid Toubia chose not to fill it in life with a woman, girlfriend or child, providing himself with a large space of creativity, giving him the ability for pure contemplation without complexes or barriers imposed by social need. In all these travel and commuting stations, he continued to enjoy a romantic mirror haunted by man, open to his concerns for a dignified life and the pursuit of security, freedom and justice, and writing was his most famous weapon. , intimate and adhesive. to self and life. He also formed the compass of balance and the rhythm controller of diversity among the various forms of creativity that he immersed with passion and love. Criticism Dr. Suhair Al-Qalamawi discovered the seed of this diversity in his first collection of short stories “Vostok Reaches the Moon” (1967), which was introduced to her, emphasizing that it announces a talented writer, which was achieved on late in novels and short stories.

But what stands out in the adventure of diversity is this smooth movement between different types of writing. With a spirit that requires renewal, he wrote: the story, the novel, the screenplay, the dialogue and the cinematic text sometimes, even participation as an auxiliary element directed at other times and in the same spirit wrote television dramas, diaries and cognitive literature, which was immensely embodied in his book “Diana Tragedy and Monica Scandals” and attempts to capture the dangerous moment who escaped the power of the body and the domination of reality, observing its consequences in a love affair that united four individuals, including those at the top of the power pyramid, politically, socially and culturally in his own country. And the scientist and in the novel “These” made the illusion of myth and repression a tangible reality, embodying one of the difficulties of intellectual and cultural life under the roof of an authoritarian and dictatorial regime, where the invention of the illusion becomes an alternative to confronting arbitrariness. the suppression and monitoring of the ruling authority, and his contemplative eyes embedded throughout the vocabulary of life. Aibot “is not merely an imaginary place, but a living and tangible reality, which stands above it. People, surrounding them in their steps and with their spirit, a nightmare reality, always at odds with time and life. He also celebrated laughter as an abstract human value in the face of the ills and ills of the world, embodied in a comedy show called “Shore of Laughter,” and flirted with children in “Wonderful Adventures” and “Music Kiosk.” , which are two short novels in which the imagination is higher as the basis for knowledge and recreation as well.

His novel The Exile of Banu Hathout, which was selected among the hundreds of best Arabic novels of the twentieth century, represented the perfect manifestation of the idea of ​​travel and travel. The French for three years in the famous Napoleon Bonaparte campaign. The quartet varies according to the level of the country, it is the trip to the countries of the north and south, then to the lakes and to the country of Saad. This mixture of history and geography, with all its traditional difficulties of customs and traditions, gave the novel an epic character, which was reflected in the very idea of ​​travel. While the Nile River represents an implicit witness and narrator on the outcome of that voyage as they both worked on a boat to transport individuals and goods across the Nile from Upper Egypt to Lower Egypt.The government and its siege are a boring dough , repeated, a symbol of oppression, injustice and tyranny.

In all this diversity a glorious game of utopia, in the space of two opposites of existence, specifically in the soft spaces between them, where things in the shadow zone are subjected to clarity and ambiguity, are seen and hidden, then the task of writing becomes not only to take off the masks of this agitation, but to build through it. The writer is bold with creativity. Therefore, he did not shy away from these dichotomies, nor did he establish a false reconciliation between them in his works, but treated them with awareness and revelatory acumen, sometimes filled with a spirit of constructive irony and biting social and political humor. Refers to a narrative system that deals with human desire and suffering for a better tomorrow. This is done with the ability to be honest and to question oneself and to bravely face Egyptian moments. This is what was revealed in his novel “Sons of Silence”, which turned into a famous film, which embodies the reality of the war of aggravation and conflict with the Israeli enemy, in a sad narrative scene, being caught behind land and the will to live, which is strongly expressed in the features of a group of soldiers who landed behind enemy lines in Sinai on a special mission, and the gaps of anxiety and tension in the dialogue between them reveal the degree of transparency and openness, and boldly asking himself about the causes of defeat in the 1967 war and the ability to pass and win. To turn the place from a narrow trench on the battlefield into a wide space that houses the whole place. Majid Toubia wrote the screenplay and dialogue for the film, directed by Sayed Radi. The film witnessed the birth of a constellation of stars, mostly Ahmed Zaki, and ranked “Sons of Silence” among the top 100 films in the memory of Egyptian cinema. .

Another important feature of Majid Toubia’s work is the treatment of beauty from a human point of view that enjoys the character of permanence and immortality. This awareness comes to us in his first novel, “Circles of Impossibility”, where the elements of simplicity and familiarity are transformed by beauty itself into a creative nostalgia, igniting the sadness of its hero, the simple peasant who does not leave the image. of his beautiful and charming wife after she passed away Sign that camels do not die.

This differential sense of the value of beauty is reinforced by standing by women against the domination of men and society. In “Reem dyes her hair”, which turned into a movie titled “The Cage of the Harem”, Reem seeks to free himself from the influence of his father, the mayor who is often married, and his inferior view of her mother . and for women as simple harems, and after the amputation of her mother’s leg after a painful accident and her separation Life, living with her grandmother, Reem is able to free herself from this influence and complete her studies university with open eyes. a fairer tomorrow that preserves its dignity, and its rights as partners in society and life.

Remains in this view of Toubia’s glorious, rich, and fruitful world, noting that he received the First Class Medal of Science and Arts in 1979, and the State Prize of Encouragement in Literature in the same year, and in 2014 received the State Prize for Literature, and despite the embarrassing dignified smile, he lived life loving laughter and people and left it after leaving a trace left.


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