The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist Emile Habiby
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Arabic literature does not feature many novels, and of those, perhaps only this one is meant as a comedy. Monday, April 4th - Kalila wa Dimna. Book Description: This contemporary classic, the story of a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, combines fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy. Also just finished The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist by Emile Habiby. The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist by Palestinian Emile Habibi 7. Monday, February 7th – The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby. Monday, March 7th – Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. Witty, satirical and surreal, and heavily inspired by Candide, it's a short novel about the Palestinian experience between 1948 and 1970. In this week's issue, Claudia Roth Pierpont considers the Arabic novel, a form still relatively young in the region and steadily being translated and disseminated around the world. The title borrows from the tragi-comical sagas of 'Saeed', the anti-hero in Emile Habiby's 1974 novel 'The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist', and morespecifically, his incredible chapter headings. Pessoptimist: Coined by Emile Habiby in his book The Secret Life of Saeed, the Pessoptimist. Saeed, a Palestinian in Israel could not decide which exactly he was: Take me, for example. Habibi's popular mainstream sf novel Al-waqa' al-ghariba fi ikhtifa' Said Abu an-Nahs al-Mutasha'il (1974; trans as The Secret Life of Saeed, the Ill-Fated Pessoptimist: A Palestinian who Became a Citizen of Israel 1982). Rama and the Dragon by the Egyptian Edward al Kharrat 9. The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist, by Emile Habiby English translation, 1974, 192 pp. Then came Habibi's masterwork, The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist. The Desolate Time by Syrian author Haidar Haidar 8.