At the Arab Narrative Forum, a ceremony was held to sign and discuss the novel (The Crown of the Bats) by the Iraqi novelist Dr. Ibrahim Rasoul in the evening under the title Literature with a taste of Arabism.
As both sides of the novel conveyed the dreams and worries of the Arab region, especially in the crisis phase of the coronavirus outbreak, and the challenges faced by most Arab countries, especially Iraq, through a writer’s review of an Iraqi doctor named Saif who carried worries at heart his country and sought to reform himself out of his community at Al-Amal Hospital and the humanitarian cases he reviewed suffering during the coronavirus crisis
Dr. Hossam Akl, director of the narrative forum, discusses the situations and problems presented by the novel, which not only face Iraq but are similar in scope to compatibility with regions in most Arab countries, explaining that when the writer spoke about local area problems in Iraq through the novel, he felt at first glance that he was talking about the problems facing popular areas of Cairo, the same events, views and the same concern that resides in the hearts of the peoples of all the Arab region.
Aqel also showed that the writer has penetrated the depths of an Iraqi citizen through the character of Saif and the dream he seeks, but he finds it a nightmare that tears him apart of all dreams in search of a new day. Evolution for the better.
At the end of the cover of his novel, the author mentioned the saying of the Roman philosopher Celica when he said (when you are in the midst of the forces of evil, it is too late to heed it)
Critic Nihal al-Qawsini also commented on the novel as one of the best books I have read, in an in-depth narrative style on the issue of coronavirus in particular and the consequent crises in the Arab community and the role of the international community against the Arab region. The meeting was moderated by writer and writer Azza Ezz El-Din in the presence of a group of people interested in culture in the Arab world.
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