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A story of love and dreams

A reading of the novel (I see you everywhere) by Muhammad Al-Tilisi

> Young Novel

Some time ago, I started to write a subject on the young Libyan novel, or the novel written by young people, whose novelistic production appeared suddenly and strongly, and some of them were able to find a place for themselves on the local literary map and in the Arab world, whether through publication and distribution outside Libya, or winning Arab and international prizes. Here, the social media network and platforms are the means of communication and communication.

I started and I didn’t finish! The reasons are many, the first and last being concern and lack of time. Especially since I read a lot of the production of this young novelist, whether in the form of published books, or through pre-published manuscripts. I affirm that I had a general idea of ​​this creative product, in terms of thought, culture and creativity!

Here I can say that what distinguishes these writings, the courage of their authors to go through this experience, and their exit from the local circle, and from Arab and international communication, with the help of the Internet and social media platforms , it’s their different outlook and different social experiences from what we’ve been through, and most importantly, their discussion through their novels, many bold and strong topics, on all levels, and I think February 17 has could have been the starting point for many young writers, as many prohibitions fell in the climate of freedom and the call to free themselves from the constraints of the past, and from the censorship of publishing, even if it continued, and if these young writers were faced with a wide range of questions, and an atmosphere that encouraged the search for answers, and this reminds me, when we started out as young writers, many of our questions returned without success.

These young works also reveal a closer connection with lived reality and the land, and some of them even dig into history, extracting stories and events from it, rediscovering them or reproducing them in a narrative form.

> Who am I? And why did you run away?

Perhaps one of the most important questions that many young storytellers have worked on is the question of identity. Who am I ? Which starts from oneself to include homeland and citizenship, to ask questions and reflect on existence and life. This is what the author of the novel (I See You Everywhere)* tried to say through the behavior of the protagonist (Omar).

Based on the meaning of the name (Umar) of life, which is life; The writer “Mohamed Al-Tilisi” tries to say; Life experiences are not related to a person’s age as promoted by society, because enjoying experiences and accidents is most important, and the relationship of age with experiences is not linear .He seeks himself, so that his presence in this life has meaning, so he leaves his homeland and emigrates. What I can express mathematically, that experiences are a function of time.

The second issue on which the novel was based, after life experience, is the impact of love on human life, and here we do not mean by love the relationship between a man and a woman, but the relationship between a man and a woman. love in its absolute form as a human being. emotion, it is important to express it, and its permanent presence in our lives, and its ability to change things, to overcome crises. Unlike love, there is hate, which has the same effect on a person’s life and experience. Through these two aspects, the writer presented a set of relationships and qualities, friendship, brotherhood, family, betrayal, hatred, disgust, … etc. !

A third issue, which strongly proved its presence in the novel; The presence of the place and what it represents with all its components, as homeland and residence, because despite the migration of the characters of the novel, there remains a common thread that attracts them to their first places, and returns them when they are far from they turn to her in moments of weakness, it’s nostalgia. The writer, as much as he confirms the presence of the characters of the novel in their overpopulated places, confirms the autonomization of the places that they have migrated towards them, and that the place does not inhabit us, not what we inhabit!

The last question I wanted to dwell on in this first break, through a general or cultural reading of the novel, is the relationship between East and West, or between third world countries, inhabited and migrated by the characters in the novel, and the first-world countries in which the characters in the novel settle, the post to which each of the aspirants aspires. In the East, it is reached, as rich and civilized countries, which respect the human being. So love can bring these strangers together in the foreign land, into an entity that can bring about their physical existence, the realization of the feasibility of that existence.

>Read the novel!!

From the beginning, I say that this novel is one of the hard to read novels, because it is a continuous text, because it has not been divided into parts. It’s a flowing narrative text, which makes it important every time you read it. session to determine the position of the stop, taking into account going back a bit in the next session.

This narrative flow makes the text a single block, represented in two dimensions; A horizontal-temporal dimension, representing the novel itself, and a vertical-interactive dimension, represented by the events of the novel, and on these two axes (as a mathematical representation) the curve of the novel oscillates between highs and lows and stability sometimes.

In order to push the curve of the work to rise in the moments of its decline, the writer deliberately creates a group of coincidences, to shift the events in the novel and elevate their rhythm and degree of interaction, and the coincidence is here at the gate of destiny’s creation, in which man is a path. I find it necessary to note here that the fluid style of the writing, in my opinion, is what forced the writer to manufacture these coincidences, to give the text the opportunity to continue more. This recalls the first novels where the attention is paid to the tale and its grafting, through a narrative text flowing from a single block.

The text adopts the style of the first person narrator, where the hero is the one who narrates the events of the novel, making it an autobiographical novel. His point of view is, and it made us see the story through the eyes of the narrator (the protagonist), without the characters in the novel having a way to tell the story as they see it. Thus, we see that the events are all events in which the hero is present, and describes them as he feels them, and not as they happened in reality.

For the writer to come out of this unilateralism, which almost dominates the novel, he deliberately brought in a few voices, to add different visions, and different ideas, giving the text a dimension parallel to the visions and ideas of the novel, through the technique of dialogue with the characters of the novel, and by raising dialogue and discussion questions about them.

The narration in the novel is based on the description, which is the format that suits the fluid form of the novel, and corresponds to the interaction of the events of the novel, oscillating between superficial descriptions and deep descriptions, in proportion to the moment, and is able convey the message to the reader. He therefore uses pictorial language, and plays on feelings, to give the scene the maximum warmth.

To finish…

One of the techniques adopted by the writer Muhammad al-Tilisi is the flashback technique, so that the writer can go out and come back into the body of the novel at any time, in the form of clues or flashes.

The novel (I see you everywhere) is a balanced narrative text that is not without pitfalls at the beginning, especially since novel writing depends on practice.

* Muhammad Al-Tilisi (I see you everywhere), Dar Al-Ruwad, Tripoli, 2021 AD.

Row Ramadan Nuwaisry

– Quoted from a blog ”squigglesMay 15, 2022

to see:

– Abdul Hakim Al-Maliki: A reading of the novel “I see you everywhere”

– Abd al-Salam al-Fiqi: Immigrant memory.. an attempt to advance dreams postponed

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