During my high school, I was forced to study Arabic literature. Literature book worms will think at this point that it must have been interesting. Nah! most of those texts were boring. Soulless. Too idealistic to relate to your everyday life. I honestly hated them. The moment I graduated, I never touched any Arabic books. Ever. For so long I remained clueless about what Arabic writers publish out there in the market. I was too busy reading in English.
When I started to study English literature, I discovered for the first time how beautiful words can be. People like Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth, Emiley Bronte, Sylvia Plath have all contributed to get me hooked. I was in real love with English literature. It was not the language that interested me, it was rather the thoughts, the concepts, the the freedom of expression. I was so much in love with English literature, or that was what I thought at the time.
Last week, all this has changed. I attended a workshop with a renowned Arab author from Kuwait, Abdulwahhab AlSayyed, who proved to me that Arabic literature can be “humane” too. It can touch your feelings and take your breath away out of excitement. Not all Arabic literature deals with mourning over the past or praising a certain persona in a refined language. He proved to me that language is only a means to carry thoughts, and the thoughts I found in the Arabic books he recommended (including his own) were a treasure. Beyond words.
The workshop changed my perspective in looking at Arabic literature. But it has also changed the way I judge things which I tried only once so long ago, disliked, but never gave a second shot ever since. It taught me that change is inevitable, and that no experience or expectation remains the same.
Thanks to the change, I now listen to French music, eat Japanese desserts, and wear purple sunglasses.
What is next?
I don’t know! May be some yellow shade of lipstick!
P.S: all pictures are taken from Google.
I’m Noor and I’m a Saudi writer. I like to read, eat bagels and dance.
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