“The Animals of Our Day”…a journey that explores a parallel world

Ahmed Atef (Cairo)

In his fictional e book “The Animals of Our Day,” the Egyptian novelist and author Muhammad al-Makhzangi transforms historical past right into a metaphorical writing based mostly on the aesthetics of reconciliation with the cosmic biodiversity, with its distinctive phenomena, and divulges to the reader hidden elements that he might not have identified earlier than about animals specifically, particularly within the facet of She has emotions! This was employed in brief tales within the type of an aesthetic journey among the many animals on which the author has dropped allegorical pictures, to seek out ourselves in entrance of deer able to flight, fish that distinguish hair within the resonance of sound, elephants soaked in water and engulfed by insanity, horses useless monotony and revived by the dream, and bears shedding their enamel from Love, buffalo strutting within the midst of sunshine, sea butterflies tempt and seduce…and so on!

parallel world
Al-Makhzanji selected a distinct classification for his writings, and regarded his work to be a e book of tales and never a set of tales, as many writers often take into consideration this kind of fictional narration, explaining that he doesn’t name in his work “simply animals, however lives” which have a parallel world to ours that we might not take note of. Within the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, the standard animal world requires extra favorable environmental and innate circumstances than in the present day’s, with its climatic adjustments and frantic struggles.
Al-Makhzanji, who is taken into account one of many well-known brief tales, left the medical occupation due to his ardour for writing, particularly since, as he mentioned in one in every of his dialogues, he grew up in a cosmopolitan atmosphere within the metropolis of Mansoura within the Dakahlia Governorate (northern Egypt), and Naguib Mahfouz described him as “a novel expertise on this planet of brief tales.” Youssef Idris additionally mentioned about him that “we are able to type from his tales a bouquet of probably the most stunning world tales.” He turned to writing after a short observe of the medical occupation, the place he obtained the diploma of upper specialization in psychiatry and neurology from the Postgraduate Institute of Physicians in Kyiv, Ukraine in the course of the period of the previous Soviet Union. He additionally obtained a further specialization in different medication from the identical institute, and practiced psychiatry in Egypt and labored as a scientific specialist in a hospital earlier than he left medication and joined the editorial household of the Kuwaiti “Al-Araby” journal in 1992, then returned to Egypt, and in addition lived for a interval in Syria.
The case is that every chapter of this story e book is dedicated to an animal, because the chapter begins with a heritage, literary or scientific quotation about that animal, then mentions details about it, after which tells a narrative explaining its conduct or one in every of its traits.

narrative area
Concerning the spatial area of narration, the tales of “the animals of our days” revolve in plenty of international locations reminiscent of Iraq, Egypt, India, Namibia…and so on.. The writing has blended historical past, politics, geography, anthropology and structure, and the textual content messages have been approximated with narratives in regards to the animal, making it simpler to grasp for the To many readers.
Maybe it’s outstanding that Al-Makhzanji’s e book borrowed many quotes from well-known books, together with “The Man and the Animal” by Yuri Dmitriev, “The Nice Animal Life” by Al-Damiri, “The Animal” by Al-Jahiz, “The Wonders of Creatures” by Al-Qazwini, and “When You Weep” Elephants” by Jeffrey Mason, in addition to the chapter on psychological sickness within the e book “Wild Well being” by Cindy Angel, and different books carefully associated to this subject.

  • Cowl of the e book “The Animals of Our Day”

human symbolism
Following within the footsteps of Al-Jahiz, Al-Makhzanji breaks the prevailing and superficial view of animals, because of inheritance, people narrations, and cultural stereotypes. He says in his e book: “I believe you might be those that see that the peacock is extra honorable… than the crow, that the pheasant (a sort of fowl) is dearer… than the kite, and that the gazelle I really like.. than the wolf, as a result of these are issues that God Almighty separated within the eyes of individuals, and distinguished them within the natures of the servants, so He made a few of them extra just like them, and made a few of them human, and made a few of them wild, and a few of them nourishing, and a few of them deadly, in addition to the pearl, the bead, the fruit, and the ember Go to what the attention can see, and go to what the thoughts can see.”
Concerning the elements of similarity, and maybe intertextuality, affect and affect, some went to check “The Animals of Our Days” with the well-known novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, however regardless of the fact of the primary and the creativeness of the second, the final thought is considerably comparable within the occasions of every of them, which is that animals Emotions and worth elements, actual or imagined, with particular human symbolism within the creativeness of the creators.

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