My New Novel Focuses on “Innerness” (Dialogue)


The novelist, Fikri Faisal, loves mystery and keeping a low profile as much as his ambiguous books, and he does not like taking pictures, unlike his book authors who fulfill the desire of their fans to take pictures with them and sign the copies they have bought.

Fikri Faisal, who started writing since he was in the third grade of primary school, is a different creative case, and he is participating in the Cairo International Book Fair this year with his novel “The Story of Granada”.

Al-Ain Al-Akhbariya conducted an interview with writer Fikri Faisal, who refuses to take personal photos of him, justifying that he wants his readers to relate to his writings, not to his person, and that his books are his image that he prefers to present to readers.

And to the text of the dialogue:

In the beginning.. Who is Fikri Faisal from the point of view of Fikri Faisal?

I am a human being searching for freedom, who sees himself as a bird flying towards the sky… crossing over… beating his wings between heaven and earth… I am another human being on this earth.

What type of your new novel is scheduled to be presented at the Cairo Book Fair?

I present the novel “The Story of Granada” during the exhibition, and it is the story of all of us, for each of us has his own Granada.. The hero in the story of Granada is the human being, he is the searcher for something he does not realize, or he is the tired one who is overcome by fatigue and exhausted by the journey, and you can be the position of any of the characters The story of Granada.. is rich in its characters, and the hero is the human being.

In “The Story of Granada,” I devote to a new type of novel, which is the “abstract novel,” which is based on abstracting the hero from those around him and focusing on “innerness,” where in people’s hearts there is an answer to every question.

What’s your story with history?

History is a teacher and a companion on the road. Throughout my life I have been reading about it and drawing lessons from it.. History is a story, an interesting novel. The more I scoop up from it, the more I want.. It is a delicious meal, and in it you find every answer.

In my last novel, for example, “The Story of Granada”, the hero is a Granada jurist, writer and philosopher 100 years after its fall, he left with the decision to expel the Moriscos (Muslims who remained in Andalusia under Christian rule after the fall of the Islamic rule of Andalusia and were forced to convert to Christianity) in 1609, and he remembers his past days .


What do you think of historical writing?

Historical writing is exhausting.. I have a novel that I have read 7,000 thousand pages to complete. Today is the story of Granada.. I have a huge Moorish library that contains dozens of books about the fall of Granada, the revolutions of Andalusia, and his lifestyle and life.


What do you think of the high printing costs and their potential impacts?

The book is an abstract and reality. The book cannot leave a person’s life, as it has always been his companion throughout his life.

The greatest discoveries of humans and their inventions were the wheel, fire and language, and perhaps the star of the e-book will rise; But the paper book will still be the dark horse.

What do you advise young writers?

I advise them to be slow and not to rush. The important thing is that you write, not that you publish, and the most important thing is that you are good at what you write, not just writing.

I once told a friend, “If you don’t feel every letter you write, don’t write.” The problem is that there is a novelist “haga” that emerged from the cloak of the late colleague Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq, talking about ghosts, spirits, and haunted houses.


Where are you from the literary awards?

I forgot the prizes a long time ago, and I no longer apply for them. My motto is: Let them come to you.

How do you evaluate world literature in this decade?

Literature is the story, and the writer is the narrator. Every day we await a creative narrator, and with the exception of celebrities such as the storyteller Isabel Allende and the enjoyment of Paulo Coelho, we miss the time of the greats, but there is a new literature that I call the literature of “glamor” where strangeness and fantasy are emerging.

There is a new Spanish writer who wrote the “Baztan” trilogy, which is an interesting detective trilogy on a historical background that has been turned into three interesting films; But I guess she will never write again. Or you won’t write like it.

Who is the Arab writer that you think did not take his right?

Al-Sudani “Hamour Ziada”, I consider his novel Shawq Al-Darwish one of the 20 best contemporary novels, and it is very attractive and interesting.



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