On Wednesday, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Mostafa Al-Feki held a book signing event for his just-released book entitled “The Novel: In Time and Place” in the Greater Cairo Library in Zamalek.
The ceremony was attended by a number of writers and literary figures, including Dr. Muhammad Rashad, President of the Aarb Publishers’ Association and Dr. Salah Fadl, President of the Academy of the Arabic Language, in addition to a number of critics and public figures.
In his book, published by Dar Al-Masriya Al-Lebnaniya Publishing House, Feki introduces his biography, during which the writer unveils many important scenes and reopens a huge number of sensitive files that he once witnessed and was a partner in making several times.
Feki presented everything that he lived without masks, using an early quote by Franz Kafka: “I was ashamed of myself when I realized that life was a masquerade party, and I attended it with my true face.”
The book consists of twenty chapters, including an additional introduction and a conclusion with summaries and learnt lessons.
In it, Feki narrates his career in a narrative sense that exceeds the seventy-five years of his life and the life of Egypt without neglecting any important detail, turning a blind eye to a thorny moment, or turning his face away from a problematic event.
He presents a true historical document backed by rare photographs that represent the “album” of his life from the early years to today.
Translated by Hassanain Tayea