Names and Questions: Prepared and presented by: Radwan Bin Shikar
This series of dialogues stands every week with a creator, artist, or actor in one of the vital fields, in quick and brief questions about his concerns, his new productions, and some aspects related to his personality and his private worlds.
The guest of the week’s episode is the Iraqi writer Maysaloon Fakher, who lives in Qatar
(1) How do you introduce yourself to the readers in two lines?
Maysaloon Fakher is a novelist and producer at Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel
(2) What are you reading now and what is the best book you have read?
The book of apostasy by Muhammad Abdul Latif is in my hands now. And the most beautiful books are those that refuse to leave you easily.
(3) When did you start writing and why do you write?
I came to the world of writing very late, although I had very early writing attempts.
(4) What is the city that inhabits you and overwhelms you with a longing to hang out in its alleys and between its paths?
All the ancient cities, as soon as I meet them, I establish a love affair with them, and I will not be able to escape from their power
(5) Are you satisfied with your productions and what are your next works?
When the writer reaches the stage of satisfaction, the passion for searching for the dazzling and the distinguished will stop. That moment when you calm your feelings towards your product is the same time that a bullet will be fired at your soul that yearns for beauty. My next work, my fourth novel, is still in progress.
(6) When will you burn your creative papers and retire from writing?
A moment I avoid thinking about too much
(7) What is the work that you wish to be a writer, and do you have special rituals for writing?
I wish I had written (Change for Liv Ulman), I don’t have a special writing ritual but solitude certainly gives me the power of feisty writing.
( Does the intellectual have an actual and influential role in the social system in which he lives and interacts with it, or is he just a tweeter outside the flock?
This involves the ideas adopted by the intellectual and their usefulness in his surroundings.
(9) What does it mean to you to live in compulsory isolation and perhaps less freedom? Is isolation a restriction or freedom for the creator?
Isolation has its advantages that give us a lot, and the hustle and bustle of the crowded world also has a beauty of another kind.
(10) A character from the past that you would like to meet and why?--
I had never thought of such an idea before-
(11) What would you change in your life if you had the opportunity to start over and why?
I was going to be more serious in my twenties, not waste my time so frivolously, and take a more reasonable approach to my life.
(12) What remains when we lose things, memories or emptiness?
The idea of loss is an abhorrent idea that entails heavy losses. For me, loss is a cruel appropriation of all the components of time and space.
(13) What do women need in our countries to reach the stage of equality with men in our patriarchal societies par excellence. To the cunning and wisdom of Balqis, or to the audacity and courage of Nawal Al-Saadawi?
(14) The formulation of etiquette does not come from a vacuum, rather there must be spatial and temporal drivers. Tell us about your story
“The Black Dog” How was it written and in what circumstance?
Literature is formed from the flood of imaginary worlds embodied by the owner of the product through his personal project to build his visual edifices that precede writing and are multiple possibilities. Bringing all his tools to present his dazzling painting, which is a world of fantasy
… The novel The Black Dog is My Dog panting behind me, although I wrote it under precise circumstances. I was suffering at the time of writing it with a feeling that held my breath while I was being chased by a swollen lump in my head close to the brain and a feeling that haunted me that it would be my last letter.
(15) Does the homeland live inside the expatriate creator, or does he live with his dreams inside his homeland?
A tense relationship between two turbulent parties, as the homeland suffers and the creator is in distress. Both of them search for the other, and when their meeting falters, each of them finds alternatives that do not provide adequate compensation.
(16) What is the usefulness of these creative writings and what is their relationship to the reality in which we live? Does man need creative writings to inhabit the earth?
Questions occupied the distance between the writer and his isolation, and between spirits and comings, and this rebellious sense is his way of worshiping, and writing is a personal act that is not condemned and is not devoid of foolish offenses. Each of us is free to practice what he deems appropriate to make him happy and balanced, and it is not necessary for everyone to be similar in their reactions.
(17) How do you see the experience of publishing on social networking sites?
Unfortunately for me, I have not yet reached this advanced technology, to be able to post on social networking sites.
(18) The best and worst memory in your life?
My personal feelings mean nothing to others.
(19) A final word or something you would like to talk about?
I wished to be more free and have great audacity to write what I see in harmony with my soul. Sometimes external and self-censorship spoils a lot of creativity.