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Thursday, 14 May 2015

WRITERS ON WRITING #65: Shukri al-Mabkhout


I don’t think that everything written by academics is good for a simple reason: All novelists and poets are necessarily autodidacts, if autodidactism is considered the opposite of academia.  Even writing workshops and books which claim to be writing guides (I have translated one of them) do not make authors as much as they make them be aware of the dangers of the act of creativity and its stakes.  According to this, you can compare what is produced by non-academics.  Academic affiliation is not a requirement for the quality of creativity and vice versaThe recipe is very simple: Don’t write only what you love to read in other writers’ work!  This may be due to the fact that I see my text, while writing, from the point of view of the reader that dwells in me.  I admit that it is a distance full of risks.  But I wrote a novel for myself and I found readers sharing with me their anticipations and expectations from the novelistic pact.

We Have To Be Merciful Toward Our Intellectuals  [21 February 2015]



Click HERE to read the full interview with Tunisian novelist SHUKRI AL-MABKHOUT posted on the excellent Wordpress website Arabic Literature (In English) founded and maintained by M LYNX QUALEY.

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