Two Novelists, Poet on Egypt’s 50-member Constitution Committee
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It should at the very least be a compelling read, as two novelists — Mohammed Salmawy and Haggag Oddoul, and a poet, Sayed Hegab – are on the committee.
All have other identities: Salmawy is the long-time head of the Egyptian Writers Union, and has been a journalist and an aide to the Minister of Information; Hegab is apparently also on the High Council of Culture; while Oddoul is also an activist and campaigner for Nubian rights.
Salmawy has several works that he’s composed in English, including Come Back Tomorrow, published by Three Continents Press (1985), Two Down the Drain, published by theThe General Egyptian Book Organization (1993), and Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber : Reflections of a Nobel Laureate from conversations with Mohamed Salmawy, published by the AUC Press (2001).
Two of Oddoul’s works have appeared in English: Nights of Musk: Stories from Old Nubia, trans. (2005) and My Uncle Is On Labor, trans. Ahmed Fathy (2008).
You can read more about Hegab in “Son of a widowed city.”
If you don’t think that’s enough book lovers, there’s also Hoda Elsadda, who is a literary scholar and was a judge for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
These four join visual artist Mohammed Abla and director Khaled Youssef on the 50-member committe. Only two members on the committee are labeled, on the Ahram Online list (which must have some typos, as there are repeated names), as “Islamist currents.” This means artists have more than twice the representation of Islamists? A strange list.