Plague and epidemics in literary novels .. Who will write the story of Corona?


Imad Babiker – Khartoum

For a long time before the spread of the Corona virus, the subject of the epidemic was a literary tradition spread in literary history, and a number of novelists and poets dealt with human stories ranging from familiarity and separation, and the feelings of those who lost their beloved by the epidemic, as well as those trapped in quarantine or afraid of infection or fleeing death.

Various topics are literature, and because they were also not disturbing what we do not like, and poems, stories and novels often came out of the womb of human suffering, and among the most famous poems that the epidemic was the subject of the “cholera” poem of the late Iraqi poet Nazek the angels, which gained her fame due to my art, where she saw Nazek It invented free poetry, which made the reputation of this poem outweigh the poem by the Egyptian poet Ali Al-Jarem, which he wrote when cholera struck his hometown (the city of Rashid) in Egypt in 1895.

On the same topic, the English journalist and poet Rudyard Kipling wrote his poem “The Cholera Camp” a year later, and the narration and the novel in particular remain a broader chapter and more details, and this is witnessed by many accounts.

Self-pain and other pain
Perhaps the most important advantage of the creator is his ability to express, and to say what others feel and are unable to describe.

The pain and writing experience remains an exceptional experience that moved the pens of many creative people. The pain of the disease had a great share, as in the poems of the Iraqi Badr Shaker Al-Sayyab, the Egyptian Amal Dunqul, the Sudanese Al-Tijani Youssef Bashir and others.

Among the novels that embodied the disease and recounted subjective experiences with the disease are “eradication” of the Moroccan novelist Taher Ben Jelloun, “my right leg” by the Egyptian poet Wael Wajdi, and “Diaries of a Radiant Woman” by Egyptian clerk Naamat Al-Behairi, and may have come in writing about the other as the storyteller did The Sudanese Ali Al-Mak in his storyline “The hospital has two scents.”

The peculiarity of the disease experience and the patient’s oscillation between the possibility of death and the desire for life and the change in the patient and the details of his day make narration pleading in various ways, and touches other things in thought, philosophy and religion, and the writer’s perception of pain may change as he approaches it, as did the late Egyptian writer Sayed Bahrawi in his book “Praise of Pain”. When he said, “I was busy with the subject of pain and I was passionate about it for about a year, before I started treating cancer, then I stopped compulsively, but after the painful treatment has ended, I return to it. I want to glorify it as the companion of life, so there is no life without pain.”

My uncle Sarmago
In his novel “Symbol”, Portuguese novelist Jose Sarmago was able to experience many diseases that strike societies and the behavior of governments, focusing on changing behavior by changing circumstances and changing them, and how our view of things may change with changing circumstances, he wrote, “When the man who stole the car volunteered to help the blind, he had no Bad intention at that particular moment, on the contrary, what he did was subjugate the feelings of gallantry and altruism. “

In another passage of the novel, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist in literature says, “The government regrets that it was forced to do the utmost speed for what it deems to be its true duty, to protect the people by all possible means in this current crisis, which has been shown to bear the manifestations of a white blind epidemic known temporarily as white disease.” And, like many governments, the city government struck by the blindness epidemic was trying to act.

Sarmago constructed the world of his novel in an imagined way, and he made an epidemic in the city he drew and did not name it like the characters of his novel, but the Sudanese critic Abdel Moneim Ajab Alfia sees in his talk to Al-Jazeera Net that there is a permanent link between reality and imagination, “his strength and unity vary according to the work, but it exists and is lost.” .

“The literary text is the result of the writer’s interactions with the historical and social milieu in which he moves, writes and nurtures the writer’s experiences, memories, social relationship and intellectual and artistic tendencies,” he added.

Love and affiliation affiliation
“Public opinion is a sacred thing, and turmoil should not arise in it.” Although the sentence is taken from the “plague” novel by the famous French playwright and novelist Albert Camus, which was written decades ago, it refers us to deal with some of Corona, from trying to cover up and cover up, not transparent dealing and confronting the guest Heavy.

Albert Camus’s novel was not without imagination even if he specified the place (Oran) and made the epidemic a known name and a specific time (1947), but he employed it in pointing to the symbol to other goals that can be understood given the context of the World War.

Literary critics say the French writer used the plague a symbol indicating the German invasion of Europe driven by a Nazi ideology that included genocide.

The novel discusses the beginnings that were not concerned with power in Oran, and the usual justifications, from the appearance of a rat in front of the doctor’s office to the deaths of invading rats in the Department of Rat Control, then death cases, and as the narrator says, “Indeed, no one thought to move as long as each doctor did not He only stands for two or three cases, but according to some of them, he thought of adding the numbers and he was terrified and amazed. “

The “plague” of Albert Camus had a controversy of destiny and the judiciary, which is located a large area in it between an atheist doctor and a priest and a journalist who came as a visitor, so he became from the people of the city he could not leave after Oran was isolated from the world, this stone prevented the journalist from his lover, and prevented between the doctor and his wife who were outside of Oran For hospitalization, the plague did not include her to his blacklist, but death did not leave her outside either.

Ebola .. panic and other conversations
Despite numerous epidemiological and disease novels and preceded by his novel, “Ebola 76”, the Sudanese novelist Amir Taj El-Sir has put his own mark in a more realistic novel, with real places and real history, making the virus fatal with distinction. “Only Ebola, who looks after the blood of the textile worker and the blood of others he seized from yesterday, knows He plans and executes whenever he can. “

On the Ebola experience, Taj Al-Sir told Al-Jazeera Net, “In 2012 I remembered a story I heard from a doctor from the people of southern Sudan when I met him in a remote clinic on the outskirts of Port Sudan, he was the only survivor of the disease, as all the hospital personnel died, and a doctor sent by the capital to help, was A bloody, horrific, and sad story, too, and there were no possibilities to fight the disease that was originally without a specific identity at the time. That story affected me, remained in my subconscious, and then came a narrative text. “

The crown secret continues, “The panic and murder that goes on in the pages of the novels did not prevent love, betrayal, hope and despair, and much of the people suffer from appearing despite the nose of the epidemic.” Within the house of Louis Noa, his wife had other ideas completely far from fear, death and blood, late fertility thoughts, and the possibilities of pregnancy from Not it.

With his question: Was the author of Ebola a physician a motive for him? “I think my profession as a doctor helped me with the information, and it gave me an opportunity to meet the doctor who told me the story,” answered the secret.

Love in the time of Cholera
In most of the novels dealing with epidemics, human stories were headlines under the headline of the name of the epidemic, but the novelist Nobel García Márquez made love the centerpiece of his novel.

As for cholera, it is like civil wars and many events, but the hero of García (Florentino) managed to employ the epidemic, so the telegraph operator who became the owner of river vehicles, and after 53 years was able to be accompanied by his lover, but the movement of passengers and stopping at the ports of Majdalena worried the hero, and when he asked the captain On a way to get past that, he said, “the only way to jump over everything is to have a pandemic on the ship” and to raise the yellow flag, referring to the epidemic, and that it is cholera time.

At the time of Corona, a Japanese ship was chartered at the beginning of last February, but it is clear that the one who lived in it panicked, but otherwise we did not know yet.

While Corona’s infection is spreading day after day in the current new year, but it is like epidemics that have struck mankind, which will undoubtedly be history and tales we see today, but perhaps we were part of it. A place and because of his many victims, and sure enough will come who writes in a novel one day. “


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