Ashraf Aboul-Yazid releases new novel 'A Backyard Garden'
CAIRO - The new novel "A Backyard Garden" written by the Egyptian poet and novelist Ashraf Aboul-Yazid, and published by Maktabet al-Mashareq in Cairo, shows the final scene in the life of a revolutionary figures who belonged to the Egyptian revolution of 23 July 1952.
The novel that was written three years ago, and had its publication delayed for several reasons, finally found its way to light in the atmosphere of freedom, which makes its reading a review of the relationship history of Egypt and the Arabs in the decades after the revolution.
After an introduction on the place of scenes entitled "No Man Paradise", the author divides his novel into four chapters; "Fall of absence", "Winter of Love", "Spring of Travel" and "Summer of Return." The narrative world is showing worlds of plants, travel spaces, different and deep cultures, especially the Indian culture. Even The novel cover shows a picture taken from of a miniature of a "Kama Sutra" scenes, the book of erotic love in India .
The heroine of the major events says in one of its chapters:" In India I saw heaven and hell together. The contradictions flock under the same sky. I saw mosques and temples. There were Muslims who worship for the whole night and hermits who stay away from the noise of the day. There were shaking minarets, and disappearing ones. There were abandoned gates, paths and crowded. There were houses that do not resemble a designated home of any mark, thrown a little away from palaces that restores the ages of sultans. Rare museums are open to the road, and a fascinating collection under heavy guard. Shrines hugging lacy sky domes, and the graves of stone stretched everywhere. I saw forests of tinplate, trees of cement, walls of canvas, epitaphs of stone, and air of ashes. This photo of these poor people is repeated with millions scattered in the cities of India . I thanked God whenever I passed by them. We write about poverty in Egypt , but we do not see it. Poverty is relative. It is thought to live in an apartment in exchange for the same poor who owns his own house. It is a poor riding a bus in front of a man driving his own car…., but despite our poverty, but we are equal in our humanity, and I felt that real poverty is giving away the humanity.
The novel "A Backyard Garden" is simultaneously published with the release of the author's third novel "31", Maktabet al-Mashareq in Cairo , while his first novel "Shamawes" had been published by Dar Al-Ain Publishing, Cairo (2007), and was translated into Korean and Persian.
The Writer has published 5 volumes of poetry, with many of his poems translated into English, Spanish, Italian, Persian, Russian and Turkish. He also has more than 60 travels written of 30 countries, and some of those travels were published in his book "Sirat Musafer' "The Tale of a Traveler", Cairo , 2008.
Ashraf aboul-Yazid writes biographies, and devotes much of his ideas for children, as well. He also started his TV program; "The Other" last year, to interview guests from allover the world, introducing their cultures to the Arab viewers. Since 2002, he lives in Kuwait as the editor of Al-Arabi magazine.