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The Emirati novel, in its contemporary discourse, tended to expand the scope of experimentation and enhance the contemporary narrative rhythm by opening up the popular and mythological heritage with its symbolic horizon, cultural weight and value system, which expands the space. Explanation in imaginary text.
This gives the author more room to move in terms of subject matter, style, and meaning, because the popular legacy has its own purpose, which does not end, and its narrative balance, which does not end. It is open to reading and interpretation, as it is open to contemporary narrative memory, and to the test of popular memory in our reading of human reality.
Regarding the popular balance in the fiction of the contemporary Emirati novelist, Dirar Belhoul Al Falasi, member of the Federal National Council, executive director of the Watani Al Emarat Foundation and author of the book “The Black Widow”, says:
“The impetus for popular balance in narrative fiction comes through the interdependence between the folk tale, its meanings and its cultural weight, and its meanings in contemporary social reality, to consolidate and document popular memory in contemporary narrative memory, when we put those fairy tales into narrative narrative with their contemporary systems, so it was mixed with time and system, and cultural formats at another time, and another format into our contemporary systems to test those systems in the depths of time For.
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Dirar Belhoul Al Falasi continues: “Reconstructing the contemporary Emirati novelist’s discourse to construct a popular mythology restores its vibrancy in popular memory and storytelling, with its values, goals and social goals, which But this happiness, social upbringing and moral guidance.
It is rooted in our authentic Emirati heritage by “Sheep”. In every innate deviation or social decay there is a sheep, represented by a sinister mythical creature whose mission is to stop those who dare to cross those limits, and which I described in my novel “The Black Widow”. I have tried to explain.
Belhoul claims that Emirati popular culture has a deep wealth and an authentic value heritage, capable of expanding the field of awe in any novel that draws inspiration from it. It also expands its creative and stylistic horizons, and here the book’s mannerisms differ.
Their vision of this inspiration varies, each writer has his own theory and style, his own goal and purpose, which he experiences in this attraction between popular heritage and contemporary artistic narrative, but all these methods, their structure And regardless of the meaning, across time and space, pour into one goal, which is to link the nation’s past. Its history, its present and its future, without neglecting the aesthetic purpose represented in the aesthetic apparatus of literary discourse.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Musallam, head of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, says: “The narrative vision of fairy tale characters in popular culture has a major role in structuring contemporary Emirati literary texts. This region, and its various Formation of structural elements.
and thus between the present and the past according to the novelist’s tools and techniques, and according to his interpretations of the setting of the narrative, presenting its aesthetic impression with elements of excitement and suspense and raising the recipient’s level of wonder and anticipation. .
The Emirati Experience
Al-Musallam says: “The Emirati novel in the field of horror literature is still groping towards establishing a comprehensive body of work from a group of specialized writers.
Here we recall the experience of the late writer and playwright Salem Al-Hattawi, who was not given much time to continue his creative project on popular fairy tales, which he published successively in Theater magazine, in addition to writing several inspiring plays. was published formally. which revolves around the myth.
I mention among them the play “al-Yathom”, which deals with the world of “mythology”, or al-kharif in the local dialect, and “al-Jathom”, which means nightmare, or sleep paralysis, which is the state. It occurs during a nap, in which the person is conscious but unable to move or speak, and the person may hallucinate, and it also means that a person feels that a strange spirit Is subduing him.
Al-Musallam says: “The fairy tale in its general form falls into the categories of popular literature, and it was found that it was mentioned in Arabic literature through the book “The Extreme of Every Extravagant Art” by Muhammad bin Ahmad al -Khatib al-Abshihi. As far as its special character and content are concerned, it belongs to popular beliefs and maintained traditions.
For every moral deviance or social decadence, there was a sinister mythical creature whose mission was to deter those who dared to cross those limits, within the framework of fairy tales or outside them, even if in the past they had been passed down in oral form. In a society like the Emirate, which lived in purely personal isolation and great economic openness, their whole world was exposed and separate from deliberation and discussion.
Despite the simplicity of the old life and the simplicity of the people and their rare kindness, they were very careful and cautious in approaching other, so Emirati symbols and signs were numerous, and their meanings varied in their lives and in their popular literature, and they Remarkably manifested in his external and internal thinking.
taste the thrill
In relation to today’s reader’s propensity for excitement and suspense associated with popular Emirati myths and fictional characters, author and novelist Noura Abdullah Al Tunaiji affirms that horror stories have a special taste for the reader, especially from reading horror In the second the recipient’s imagination is created. Worlds far from drab and drab reality, i.e. vast horizons or fantasy worlds reach the stage, expanding the perception of the recipient, especially among young readers.
Today’s youth, who are the promising generation, love to read, which has a sense of fun and entertainment, and the mentality of the youth can be refined, so that he is more ambitious for creativity, through a sense of enjoyment. of reading, even if this reader realizes that what he is reading is just fiction or fact, which may be vague and untrue. Basically like old autumn tales.
Regarding her narrative experience, which touches an invisible realm between soul and body in her novel “Lucas Civilization,” Nora says: “I classify my novel as horror of the supernatural world, which involves spirits in the character. Lucas, who embodies the character of the “slain soul”, and how to deal with people, especially in a literary sky, is full of mystery and excitement between the pages of the novel.
For his part, producer Ali Al Marzouqi says: “Emirati cinematic and television experiences based on literary novels are undoubtedly among the most inspiring experiences of creating artistic content in the UAE, as they are linked to the roots of popular culture.
It also has its own contemporary character, and today we also lack the presence of specialized screenwriters in this field, who have the tools and high standards to adapt one of those novels presented on the literary scene and nominate it for directors and producers. The skills are there, as it is the first seed for an epic cinematic and television work documenting popular local visions.
Al-Marzouqi explains: “I undertook the production of a horror and suspense film full of comic touches,” The Yado Farm “, the first and second parts, directed by Emirati director Ahmed Zain and scripted by the writer Ibrahim Al-Marzouqi surrounded by gardens Happened.
and beautiful atmosphere, but the holiday soon turns into a series of strange and disturbing events, the friends find themselves in confrontation with the “genie” until dawn, and we were surprised by the success of the film, which we Visually watched and interacted with Emirati filmmakers, and the inspiration grew following the success of the film, be it in cinemas or viewing platforms.