“Al-Mahtwan” is a fictional biography that reads a complete history of revolutions |

Amman- The King Abdullah II Cultural Center in Zarqa hosted a signing ceremony for Al-Mahtwan’s novel by novelist Ramadan Al-Rawashdah on Tuesday night in the presence of a group of writers, critics and interested people.

This novel is added to Al-Rawashdah’s previous novels in his monitoring of his relationship with the Jordanian place and his reading of the different stages of time, through paintings tinted with poems dominated by the romantic aspect and mystical touches that the university, made the town. , the city, party life and political thinking a stage for narration and personal and human messages.


The novel is characterized by the ease of narration and the aesthetic transition and initiation

The novel, recently published by the Arab Foundation for Studies and Publishing in Beirut, relied in its pages on the narratives of the village of Rakin in Karak, while the “return” of the protagonist was loaded with the author’s spirit and feeling. through the journey of search for his first Palestinian Christian love Salma and his son Nidal, who was the fruit of a romantic kiss At the university stage.

The author made his appeals to all subsequent paintings, with events with names and real facts, but with romantic additions in the restoration and apologies in the hands of the absentees, in which the critical question of the past and the present is inscribed, and the culture of Al-Rawashdah, who has a BA in English and who has worked in the media and culture, and celebrated some time ago, attended In his previous novel, “The South”, many of the events of which intersect with the novel “Al-Mahtwan”, classified as “Novotella”, carried his vision, his relationships and his experience of events within the homeland, in Palestine and the Arab environment, the politics mixed with the human and the period before and read to the 89 stage. Jordan, and dreams People, elites, and the process of intellectuals and societies.

During the evening, moderated by academic Muhammad Al-Azza, author Al-Rawashdeh stated that the novel belongs to what is known as the biography of the novel, which focuses on the life of a single Southern Jordanian character and a number of characters she encounters during her journey and movement in place and time, while following the journey of the southern protagonist, “Awda,” whom He distinguishes by his long and wide body, which the people of Haifa the “Al-Muhtwan” nickname.

He pointed out that the events of the time novel take place between 1989 and 2003, and the political events and major social transformations that took place during this period, in which he tried to crystallize the political consciousness of the southern rural youth to return and monitor the important social and political transformations that surrounded this historical stage.

Al-Rawashdeh noted that there is a difference between the so-called biography and the biography of the novelist, since the biography was written by literary, political, intellectual and other personalities, while the novelist’s biography, although it relies on real events, it reproduces reality in a literary and narrative language that identifies with imagination and the author’s vision Reality and its reproducibility in an attractive, interesting and faithful romantic form, loyal to the novel art, with its coherent structure and literary narrative.

The title of the novel “Al-Muhtwan” has a name that circulated in the city of Haifa, “Metouan”, which was conveyed by the Jordanian soldiers who served in Palestine, and they added a derivation to it, as a kind of partnership. The novel, which made Al-Rawashdah a magnet for the distribution of paintings with the sound of companion technology, and the hero’s notebook, which over a number of pages became a resting place for readers and the concerns and manifestations of the author in his poems, research, questions, trials, manifestations and dialogues.

In the novel, Al-Rawashdeh left “Al-Karakiyah neighborhood” in Sweileh to gain influence over neighborhoods, universities, student mobility, natural love and delayed dreams, attend the close relationships between the people of villages and governors, and become political to observe. pursuits, without exhausting himself by examining the details; He was pleased with the reference to the roots, omens, reality, and population spectra of the ancestors of the protagonist of the novel between Shobak and Ramallah, and the fire of love that came upon Karaki, in a language that had geographical or familial determinants to go above.

political literature

On his ability to resolve national issues in a way that gets rid of slogans, Al-Rawashdeh pointed out that Jordanian literature was of national origin, and then went through several stages by moving away from the Jordanian place and to write about Arab cities present in the Jordanian conscience, pointing out that Jordanian literature closely identifies with Palestinian literature because of the connection between history and memory and the political, social, and intellectual conditions that cast their shadows on Palestinian and Jordanian literature.

The author Mahmoud Abu Jaber presented an impressionistic reading of the novel, as he said that the novel is considered a political literature that is a substitute for the so-called literature of resistance. The protagonist of the novel, Odeh, is a boy from the Jordan south, who wanders through the streets of Palestinian Haifa, and the Palestinians in Haifa call him “the Al-Muhtwan” because of his great height.And his broad shoulders, and this name later changes into a nickname for his party and political affiliation.

Abu Jaber pointed out that the characters in the novel have political, social, cultural and intellectual dimensions, as the author Al-Rawashdah tells in his novel events related to the protagonist of the novel, through deep dialogues and a smooth transition between time and place, in a clever, attractive and simple way, in addition to the author’s use of the popular heritage to serve his product novelist.

He pointed out that the novel portrays Ouda or Al-Mahtwan as a man of principles and a thinker, because he raises many questions that go beyond the scope of his passion for knowledge, knowledge and analysis of the reality in which he lives and the political indicate. social and intellectual transformations taking place around him, where Odeh is linked to a love story with Christian Salma Palestinian in Haifa, and ends with the marriage.

He added that the hero, Odeh, destroys many of the “taboo” or fossilized and traditional ideas, through his association with a Christian and Palestinian girl, and his withdrawal from the party to which he belongs, because he sees that the party does not pay attention to thinking, culture and raising human awareness, to the extent that the party is interested in political activities.

The novel “Al-Muhatwan” is characterized by the ease of narration and the aesthetics of moving and beginning, and the transmission of political, social, struggle and emotional information, in a way that tends to overcome the contradictions and apparent changes in to ridicule beliefs.

At the end of the evening, a dialogue and discussion took place that focused on the art of fiction and literary writing in general, including story, poetry and thought, while author Al-Rawashdah signed his novel for the audience.

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