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Title: Il romanzo al-Lağna (La Commissione) di Ṣun‘Allāh Ibrāhīm
Authors: Paniconi, Maria Elena
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: The intent of this paper is to analyse the symbolic structure of al-Lağna. The novel, by Ṣun‘Allāh Ibrāhīm (Cairo,1938), focuses on the ambiguous relationship between the Hero (a writer) and a mysterious Commission. The whole plot should be read as a story of "writing" which represents the destabilizing relationship between political power and the Egyptian intellectual. The author deeply criticizes his society and its power structures fully exploiting the ironic potential of paradox. Nevertheless he affirms the definitive defeat of intellectuals of making the hero eat himself at the end of the novel. On the other hand, he describes the writing as a true form of free expression which can be seen as revenge, or an overlapping of this defeat.
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