An iconoclastic, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from first page to last, “Damn the Novel: when a Privileged Genre Prevails Over All Forms of Creative Writing” is an extraordinary and inherently fascinating literary argument and one that will be of particular interest to writers and readers in general, as well as everyone and anyone who has ever wanted to write ‘The Great American Novel’ in particular….
An interesting blend of Arabic literary history combined with social commentary is at the core of Amr Muneer Dahab’s provoking work titled Damn the Novel. Fiction has always had a prominent place on the altar of literary society. Critics, historians, and enthusiasts are constantly praising the great masters of literary fiction; indeed, it sometimes seems like we would be lost without it. But this view, according to Dahab, is not only incorrect, but also dangerous. Modern society has for too long…..
In this volume of forty-five short essays of literary criticism, the author, writing from a distinctly Sudanese-Arabic sensibility, asserts his case that the novel has superseded the other, more clearly-superior genres of poetry and the essay based on the greater public exposure novels receive, which virtually guarantees their marketability and profitabilty. The unfortunate commercialization of novels in the form of popular television and cable mini-series adaptations…..
I am a Sudanese essayist and poet, currently focused on writing critical essays tackling controversial cultural, literary, intellectual, and political issues in the Arab world and worldwide. I have over twenty years’ experience as a columnist in opinion journalism….
Apart from writing trends affecting the domination of a specific genre at a certain time, the categories of writing within any genre depend on many intervening factors.However, and as the below excerpt from Damn the Novel shows, it is difficult to agree on….