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Literary Talk: 11 July 2022

Meeting open for joining at 6:45 pm Beirut Time (GMT+3 or UCT+3)
Talk starts at 7:00 pm and until 20:30

Mahrajan: A New Approach to Film in a Novel in Arabic
Speaker: Jad el Hage (جاد الحاج)
Language: Arabic (باللغة العربية)

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Profile of the Talk
Following on from our first talk on film, Jad will talk about how his novel included film as part of the narrative. Imagine the columns of Jupiter’s temple in Baalbek, kept together for centuries by two blocks of stone: the upper a reminder of time, the lower a clear witness of the present. Now each column is a separate unity, but each one still forms an essential part of the temple.

Mahrajan
is a novel made up of separate columns (chapters?) but telling one story: that of the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, the new Palais de Festival, Lebanon’s civil war and failed peace arrangement with Israel.
The novel is also based on another pillar: a love story in a style of cinematographic prose that preserves the ‘mood’ of the images throughout the book.

Here are the films that are tackled in the novel:
 
1) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsezi)
Robert de Niro & Jerry Louis (1983)
Opening the Cannes film festival of 1983
2) The Road (Yelmaz Guney)
Cannes Film Festival 1982, won the Golden Palm
3) The Ballad of Narayama (Shohy Imamora )
Won the Golden Palm 1983
4) Nostalgia (Andrei Tarkovsky)
Awarded the special trophy of the Festival 1983
5) Erindira (Roy Guerra)
Based on a novella by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1984)



Profile of Jad El-Hage
Jad was born in Beirut in 1946. He was the first child of six. His father passed away at the age of 46 (cancer). He had to continue school at night and began working as proof reader for Lissan Alhal. A year later he started covering cultural articles for the same newspaper. From there he moved to An-Nahar and made his first trip abroad as a correspondent for with An-Nahar’s weekly. Three months later, he return home and took a job at the official Radio du Liban while still writing for An-nahar.

He freelanced for many weekly magazines covering film festivals and other cultural events. His first seven books were poetry in Arabic. Many of those poems have been translated into French, English,  Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. A few are originally written in English and published in international collections. Jad has published three novels in English, one in Arabic and a selection of short stories. Mahrajaan, the subject of this talk, is his second novel in Arabic.

Jad is an old timer with Karaz w Laimoon . . . he gave a talk in 2015 on his book of short stories and was the moderator and presenter of Gulmey's film: YOL . . . (one of the directors listed above).

Jad’s website is: jadelhageauthor.com

 
راوي الحكاية ناقد سينمائي يسافر بحراً الى فرنسا لتغطية مهرجان كانّي الوقت عينه تجتاح فرنسا اضرابات طللاب الطب، ويجري افتتاح القصر الجديد للمهرجانات في كانّ فيهاجمه الطلاب في اليوم الثالث لبدء العروض.  يقع صديق الراوي، الكابتن نبيل، في حب فتاةعربية تدرس الطب في باريس. ويحاول الرئيس امين الجميل  توقيع معاهدة سلام منفردة مع اسىرئيل بعدما اجتاح عسكرها لبنان.   يعرض المهرجان عدداً ملحوظاً من الافلام الممتازة التي لن يشاهدها الجمهور العربي في لبنان او خارجه لأسباب مختلفة ابرزها اغلاق معظم صالات العرض البيروتية
 

اسلوب الكتاب مقاربة طليعية للفن الروائي يعتمد
 الفصول المستقلة  ، من دون بتر موضوعي أو لُحمة مفتعلة. ويشبّه المؤلف هذه المقاربة بهيكل جوبيتر حيث الاعمدة المتجاورة متساوية الحجم، كاملة بحد ذاتها، ومستقلة ، لكنها مثبتة في القاعدة المتينة (المكان) والسقف القوي (الزمان) ابرز عنصرين للرواية في كل زمان ومكان
 
 
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