The dough of the novel and the burnt price: Reading in “Bread on Uncle Milad’s table”

Does the novel achieve quality, acceptability, and inclination toward the reader’s inclination through the themes it selects? Does the novel’s merit now lie in “stripping society” and keeping pace with the prevailing visions of feminist principles, racism, minorities and ethnicities? Did the novel lose its imaginary dimension to return to the writer’s own novel, telling its story in this existence and acknowledging what happened to it in it? This is part of what was said in defining the features of the novel “Bread at Uncle Milad’s Table” by Libyan writer Muhammad Al-Naas. »Stories!), Whose elaborate and interesting narrative is a chaos of details, to present a profound critique of the prevailing perceptions of masculinity and femininity, the division of labor between men and women, and their psychological and social impact.» The origin of the narrative in the choice of subjects and the way of its narrative, the creation of characters and the provision of places that generate narrative, but continued – in my opinion, the opposite of the path of the decision of the jury of the International Prize for Arab Fiction.
The four axes that can attract the viewer of the novel, the characters that are placed consciously and consciously, holding on to glow, leading to the opening of paths in the narrative that take him away from the monotony that happened to the novel in some of its places. His place and demeanor and good work to choose carefully can create a fit with the characters and events. The ways of narration to some citizens, especially the dependence of a necessity on temporal behavior based on the alternation of narrative between two times in each chapter, and finally the narrator himself in the good management of the novel space and his successful orientation in devotion to his personal confession and fulfillment. These axes are the main features in which the novel specializes, in a clear dominance of building a weak and eroded central character that demands resentment from him in the formation of the novelist who is accustomed to the heterogeneity of events.
The novel “Bread at Uncle Milad’s table” takes an artistic and knowledgeable approach to presenting content that may be common in its interweaving and sharing. I do not think that the theme, however unique and different – that the subject of the novel is not unique – can guarantee the certainty of reading, but it is the story and its mediators and its strangeness, which is what the writer Muhammad. Al-Naas tried to reach to some extent.

Gender issues in the novel are one of their symptoms, but I suspect that the writer has placed the woman in the position of oppressed or oppressed, under the oppression of a society burdened with the contract of masculinity. On the contrary, the woman is deceitful. , deceptive, unjust and dominant, through the image of the woman accusing her husband of the most horrific claims of his femininity. The main issue in the novel is the issue of man’s unity in what he wants and in what he intends to be, is the issue of the story, as the pleasure of tracing and following its events is created, which is achieved in parts of the novel, and u hindered in other parts.
The place is the generator of fairy tales and the reason for its diversification to get it out of the boring pattern of repetition sometimes in a statement of character traits that have become known in the novel world, the bakery. camp – Gazala house – family house – barracks – kitchen. The events that his characters generate are interrupted and do not fade after the end of the country chapter. The bakery is the beginning and the end of the story. The narrative character relates to his father, uncle, and the bakery workers, by the furnace in which the negativity of the personality on the one hand and his self-realization on the other, the overlap of his feelings, is manifested. and the desires and multiplication of the voices of society active in it and to some extent influencing its decision-making.Bread and the act of love is a reaction to the possibility of betraying the woman who remained faithful to her body and her love. interrupting his sexual agitation for her sake.Camp is another place for self-failure and his inability to adapt to a difficult life. The most important characters are in fact and a personal influence, Madonna, the military figure who saw the “birth” in its mild form, other events spring from the place, but the narrator remains a prisoner of memories through the mechanism of recollection in rotation of the tale as he switches between the camp tale and receives or predicts recurring themes in his relationship with his father and the bakery, Al-Absi, Zaynab and Al-Madam.

The novel has nothing to do with women’s issues or the prevailing concepts of masculinity, but is based on a gentle character, who has no vision or position, a character who places a position in the novel that housework is a woman’s work and that the character when doing so willingly or fearfully seeks to win the love of the woman It is the male mentality that sees restrictions for women in the course of work and restrictions for men.

The characters of the novel are based on crisis and inversion, as they are completely psychologically and socially shocked characters, starting with the central character Milad, who takes over the novel and undertakes it. The ideal of the narrator’s desires is the sum of what the narrator hopes. for in terms of sex, tranquility, companionship, and life, she is the submissive teaser and is the example of culture, gender, money, body, and flow in the hands of Milad, who felt no existence but to ride on it. . machine, and the practice of its dough as a guide to the stages of bread-making and the stages of attaining the satisfaction of physical pleasure, is the personality that gathers the various elements of the narrator’s obstruction in the treatment of the old machine and the old dough. and distance from the bakery, the feeling of sexual inferiority and the lack of “masculinity” in social attitudes.
Milad’s character is the central pathological character who does not know exactly what he wants or how to achieve what he wants, she stands in front of a world with loved or hated personalities and the opposite of this character, events, sayings and then. Statements of personalities highlight negativity, powerlessness, escape and stagnation. The character is connected to the world of bread, which is a world. so that bread becomes a way of existence, a sex tool that is not fully embodied except with the lady. Al-Habsi is the opposite personality, also defeated, carrying the burden of parents and grandparents, moving away from traditions on the one hand, and maintaining a prevailing vision of masculinity. An active voice in the novel and somewhat specific to direct the events of the narrator’s character, “Zejnebja” the woman, the lady, the image of rebellion and the experience of life, remains present in the various events of the character and her illusions. the murdered woman who is murdered, takes an abundant part of the narrative and takes care of her eyes and mind, with deeds and words, the narrator lifts it to the mattress and places it under the cheeks, one image of love and another. of sexual depravity, as the narrator insists that his sexual act with her be in the place and position he has gathered with a prostitute, the world of the characters surrounding the character, the basis is a clear and distinct world that only slowly transforms, taking from the beginning features that constitute its essence This world, with its first features, remains static and appears in various events, without development and growth, and this issue constituted a fundamental cause of the diseases of the novel.

The personal narrator tried to tell his story through a mechanism that relied on starting from a proverb that summarizes the history of the chapter, which does not take a continuous thread in the narrative, but is in its general structure based on the title story. , and in a second story that the narrator calls it by which the narrator alternates the original story, anticipating and recovering, the narrative style occurred repeatedly in repetition and contemplation, even if you skip the pages of a number of the novel, this did not happen. affect the presentation of his world, the features of which eventually appear in the first chapter, and the variable will not be until the last chapter, and therefore the style of the novel is closer to the construction of the short story and whether the pages his are long, the circuit in itself.
In conclusion, the novel places a character who is at the center of the narrative and its means, and has characteristics of helplessness and lack of willpower, which makes him a weak character in his narrative reception and her nights, she admits to be the subject of a sarcastic conversation and admit it, and for this reason I mentioned earlier that the novel has nothing to do with women’s issues or the prevailing concepts of masculinity, but is based on a gentle character, who has no vision or position , a character who places a position in the novel that housework is from women’s affairs and that the character when he does so willingly or fearfully seeks to win the love of the woman, is the masculine mentality that sees boundaries for women in its course. work and boundaries for men.Work, spend day weaving and night in summer and cannabis? It is a widespread phenomenon in our Arab societies, let alone in the West! How does the novel deal with a humane approach to the issues it simplifies? The writer’s vision is more manly, as he bases this act on eccentricity and makes his weak and troubled personality admire the troubled personality of “Al-Habsi” on the other hand, who is successful in his disorder .
Going back to the beginning, the novel can be classified as an ordinary work without a feature that highlights it, and it can also be said that the International Committee of the International Prize for International Fiction did not succeed in labeling it, as it took it to the field of universality. and substantive and structural ingenuity, and carried it with the impatient celebration of gender issues, which became a veiled argument.

Tunisian writer and academic

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