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Saleh Al-Hassan: My journey with the book was imposed by reality more than love

From time to time, the memory reveals what happened in the years of life in the past; It reveals memories mixed with nostalgia, longing, and affliction.

Through the page “The Memory of the Memory” we go to the worlds of the creators, trying to question their memories, their ideas, their works..with scenes and stages from their practical and professional life..Our interview today is with the writer and author A. Saleh bin Ibrahim Al-Hassan, to talk about the revelation of his memories that he lived through, the sweet and the bad, the memories that his heart preserves, the difficulties, and the masterpieces of words that his pen spreads.

• What does memory reveal about the relationship between you and the book?

  • In childhood, there were only a few distractions from life’s distractions and distractions. That is why the book and the magazine, if you found it, was something that was celebrated by school students at that time. My relationship with the book was one of companionship; Reality imposes it more than love imposes it. In the eighties of the Hijri, the child, especially in our village, “The Fire in the Tattoo”, was not offered as a means of entertainment in its highest ambitions except a bicycle; This is when the family is ready to work on the amusement of its children.

Based on this, I lived in that simple village atmosphere, and there is nothing in front of me except a bicycle that my father – may God have mercy on him – gave me on the occasion of my success in the fourth grade of primary school. He was also preparing for me some of the old issues of the “Caravan al-Zeit” magazine, which was publishing at the time for the great Arab writers and writers. I was busy reading the accompanying pictures of the articles, and some of their articles, which I am trying to understand. But it was the big change in my life; It was on that day that one of my father’s friends – may God have mercy on them – brought issues of Al-Arabi magazine; She fascinated me with her colorful pictures, and the press tours in Arab cities carried out by the magazine’s editors. She was known as “The Surveys” and entitled “Know Your Country, O Arab”. It was a wonderful window for me; At the end of primary school I began to look at the Arab world.

I do not forget at that stage the radio, and its direct impact on people’s lives. At that time, I was following Riyadh Radio with its distinguished programs and radio series. What remained of Radio Riyadh at that time was that I listened to a satirical drama translated from world literature entitled: “I am Major Jackson and everyone knows me.” I also remember that I was a constant follower of the BBC’s Arabic section, and was ecstatic when I heard the chimes of the famous Big Ben!!

• Tell us about your love of reading, and what was the first book you bought?

  • In middle school, I began my reading journey in narrative literature; I bought some of the historical novels of Jorji Zeidan. The first novel I acquired by him was: “Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi”, and my acquisition of it came as a result of a childish lie that I presented to my father. I told him that the school had asked me for a book that he had contributed to the library. One of my admiration for this novel is that I praised it with my cousins ​​and some of them read it as a result of this flattery. It remained in my library until a few months ago, and it remained dear to me, as it is the first book in my library. In high school, after moving to Riyadh, my circle of visits expanded to book and magazine stores in Al Batha and Al Khazzan Street, and I got a larger group of issues of “Al Arabi” magazine. At that time, Batha was a bustling market for books and magazines. I also acquired two novels from the novels of Muhammad Abdul Halim Abdullah, one of them is: “A Bastard” and the other is “A Night of Love”.

I will never forget the extent to which I was affected by the events of the novel “Night of Gram” and its end! After I finished it, I had a fit of continuous crying, affected by what happened to the heroine of the story who died due to her suffering from appendicitis!! And this admiration and being affected by the novels of this novelist – may God have mercy on him – is what made me search for all his novels and acquired them, then I went after That is to the rest of the generation of story pioneers in Egypt, and I got most of the novels of Naguib Mahfouz and her story collections, Youssef El Sebaei, Ihsan Abdel Quddous, Abdel Hamid Gouda Al Sahar, and Ahmed Bakathir. I also read in the public library in Shaqra some Saudi novels, including Hamed Damanhouri’s “The Price of Sacrifice”.

When did you start writing articles, stories and novels?

  • At the university level, my inclination to write increased, and after my graduation; I wrote some articles and short stories. I was keen in these stories to express my vision in the narrative work; I was keen on artistic realism, and I mean the meaning; Away from the verbal insinuations that I see have gone mad on the narrative works, so I spoiled them. And I made many of them just a collection of words that do not present anything of the images and meanings. I saw that this method did not suit my taste; In addition, it is just a verbal industry that does not provide the reader with a new experience, which brings him pleasure and benefit. I came out through my reading of the narration, and my limited experience in writing the short story; To the fact that the narrative text must provide its reader with intellectual and emotional pleasure, and in a bright style that the reader identifies with, and through which he savors the writer’s experience. Therefore, the writer must stay away from words that do not carry aesthetic or intellectual connotations, which add to the narrative work a new meaning.

    Through this conviction, I practiced critiquing some narrative and narrative texts at different intervals, by writing a set of articles and critical studies on narrative critical theory, some Saudi novels, and story collections, as well as writing some articles and studies on cultural inspiration.

    • Your experience with “Apple” magazine, tell us about this experience?

  • In the year 1993, a computer magazine issued in London under the name “Apple” published an article whose author claims that he invented a new font he called the simplified Arabic calligraphy, in which the Arab and Islamic world promises bright promises in the results of this font, and its fruits on the Arab and foreign reader; After reading the article, it became clear that this promised font shortens the forms of the Arabic letters in one form, and allows the possibility of separating the letters. This dissonant tone aroused me, from the Arab computer people themselves, who saw the Arabic letter achieve impressive victories on computer screens and printers of all kinds; and all of its peripherals. So I saw the response to the author of the article, and whoever says such an opinion, with an article in which I explain the error of this approach, and its inappropriateness to the nature of Arabic writing. I found that the response requires me to follow the path of Arabic calligraphy, the stages of development of Arabic writing, and its characteristics that refuse to separate letters and manipulate their forms; It was that I completed my first book, which was published in 2004 AD by Al-Faisal Cultural House, entitled: “Arabic Writing from Inscriptions to Manuscript Writing”.

    The preparation of this book necessitated a study of the symbols of numbers in Islamic civilization; So my second book was born in the arms of the first book, but it was published before it. In it she chronicled the Arabic numerals and demonstrated the Arabism of the Oriental numerals, and indicated the danger of adopting European numerals on the pretext of their Arabic origin. The book was published in 2003 on Al Yamamah Publishing and Distribution in the “Kitab Al-Riyadh” series. The two books, as can be seen from their subject, are working to preserve the Arab and Islamic identity in our written and digital system.

    At that time, I was aroused by the cultural defects that afflicted society, and the naming of things by other than their names, and I saw them as defects that falsify society, and collude in the killing of truth and virtue in our environment; So, she wrote a novel work entitled: “The Night of the Precious Drowning,” which was published by the Obeikan Library in 2004 AD.

    Through my follow-up to the cultural press on the World Wide Web, I noticed that there are different dialogues about the reality of the Arabic numbers, and what is said about the most authentic in Arabism. A government department also asked me for advice on the appropriateness of using numbers used in the West, called Arabic, in its work; I counseled them in a little pamphlet on numbers; It is, in fact, a summary of my first book, “Our Numbers.. Facts and the Hidden Truth,” and I attached it to a one-page summary, including my opinion of what they requested.

    • What does memory reveal about your work in the educational field?

  • During my work in the educational field; It was what I saw in the general public’s reluctance to read, the young and old alike in that; I saw encouragement to accompany the book with easy reading, which suits the non-reading groups of people, by writing texts they like; It was that I collected some colloquial anecdotes, and rewritten them in an eloquent language, so that all age groups would like to read and read in the classical language. The first group of these jokes was published in a book in 2013 AD under the name: “From the Anecdotes of Contemporaries.. I am not a chicken but a rooster.” During this trip, I had written, over the years, several critical studies on the story and the novel; Whether it is in the narrative theory, or in the divergent readings of some novels and story collections. And it was that God decreed these studies for the Tabuk Literary Club, so it adopted its publication in a book in 2016.

    • In conclusion, what do you have left in your pocket of safety, ideas and memories?

  • No matter how beautiful the present is; The past is more beautiful. We remain in our memories of the past; We remember our life, which remains wonderful; Despite its difficulties.

    The quiver is still full of many ideas, but scientific works require effort and time. may not be available to humans; His visions remain confined to his wish, hoping that the days will allow them to come out into the light. I pray to God Almighty to help me achieve the scientific and critical visions that I want to clarify. I thank you a. Bakr Hazal on this page that is concerned with intellectuals, and the contributions you make to serve culture and literature.

Saleh Al-Hassan

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