The Qatari Forum For Authors held a new session of the sessions related to “Read Me, For I am This Book” that seek to spread the culture of criticism among writers and authors, and enable the reader to develop a strategic plan for selecting and reading books, in light of clear critical mechanisms that enable him to distinguish between texts and define their artistic and narrative aesthetics, During that session, Dr. El Yamin bin Toumi to present a lecture entitled “From History to Writing History … Reading in the Pirate Novel” through the Al-Forum channel on YouTube, and through the activities that the Forum organizes remotely during the current period. In this context, Dr. El Yamin bin Toumi, during this session moderated by Dr. Abdul-Haq Belabed, Professor of Literature Issues and Curricula for Critical Studies at Qatar University, discussed what he saw of the many aesthetics in the novel entitled “The Pirate” by Qatari novelist Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud, explaining that he chose a title with special connotations, through which he wanted to discuss when narrating the narration of history in an important Qatari novel with the aim of passing through its lines while presenting a description of the method used to deal with the deep details of the novel.
The lecturer describes the Qatari text “The pirate” on his way to explain its codes as being unique in his historical writing as he needs a type of readers who have the ability to decode the text and diving into the depth of his world, stressing that the novel whose writer feels that it adopts a clear protocol must announce its death, consequently, the novel renews itself based on the rediscovery of its narrative writing, stressing that the more the novel enters the model, the more it falls into trouble, because the novel is an incomplete art and therefore we search for the incomplete or forgotten within the novel, and from here the reader seeks to find out what is this narrative genre is trying to tell him to overcome his historical obstacles. In this context, he indicated that there is a new concept of the novel that may come from self-discovery, which is what we were addressed through in the novel entitled “Al Mahmoud”. He added: “The pirate” does not tell history as it is, but it writes history, namely, it rewrites history, so that history does not become the transcendent., but it is a tool for transmitting meaning, especially since the various theories of history that western philosophers came up with were all confirming that a non-European cannot be a model within this history, while the author went beyond us during that narration in question to say that the Arab can speak from within history with the logic of the master , noting that the narrative history monitored by the novel goes beyond all the official histories that failed to do have documents independently, in the meaning that the narrative history once again restores the function of speech and the function of writing to the Arab man, surpassing those archives with fixed stereotypes about the Arab human being, after colonialism restricted geography in his favor and remained preserved. Therefore, this novel contributes to the restructuring of the entire narrative theory and re-medicating the fictional thesis to its fullest extent, in terms of being a comprehensive text, in which many narrative identities were collected within it, and this is why Dr. Al-Yamin, during his lecture, stood at important points represented in re-understanding the genre of the novel and the double-narration images that the novel sometimes requires, in order to reconstruct a historical imagination that depicts resistance societies with a focus on another point, which is how to build awareness.
It is noteworthy that the initiative “Read Me, For I am This Book” of the Qatari Forum for Authors aims to enhance the culture of reading and criticism under the home quarantine, we it is not enough for us to read literary texts, but to know how to change our habits of reading and criticizing them, and for this reason, the series of sessions will continue in the coming months, with the participation of specialized critics from the Arab world and outside it to analyze narrative Qatari literary texts in particular, and Arab ones in general, to find out how the Arab critic receives and analyzes the creative texts produced by the Qatari author.
The Qatari Forum for Authors continues its cultural activities as a cultural body affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Sports that is concerned with caring for authors, and the forum aims to interest authors, especially in raising the cultural level of authors, in accordance with the Minister of Culture and Sports Decision No. (91) of 2018 establishing the Qatari Forum for Authors and adopting its founding contract and statute.