Tawfiq al-Hakim: Foretelling the Youth Revolution

ROSEBUD - Arts, Critique, Journalism

Hakim Tawfiq al-Hakim (goodreads.com via Al Jadid)

by Nada Ramadan Elnahla. In 1984, Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1987) – a major literary and intellectual figure in Egypt and the Arab world who contributed to the development of Arabic literature, – wrote “Thawrat al-Shabab” (“The Revolt of the Young”). The 20 chapters swing easily between al-Hakim’s past and present: recalling incidents from his past, discussing their relevance to his present, and examining the concerns of the younger generation. Mona Radwan translated the book into English for a 2015 publication date, four years after the January 25 Egyptian revolution. In the translator’s introduction, Radwan explains the importance of the timing of this publication, shedding light on this pioneering figure who predominantly contributed to Arabic literature through his novels, short stories, and plays. More importantly, Radwan discusses the gap between generations which ultimately leads to the young people lighting the spark in most revolutions around…

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