The General Egyptian Book Organization has recently published a new book titled "Analyzing Narrative Speech" by Critic Dr. Kamal al-Lahib.
In the introduction, Al Lahib said the book has two goals. The first is to dive into the depths of the narrative speech in general, by examining its basic components and quotes, to elicit the philosophy lying behind it and its narrative formations in all Mohammed Nagi's novels.
Nagi always stayed away from noise and debate, busy fighting his illness that reminded him of death every minute. He fought his death by using his art to create several lives with unforgettable characters. His constant thoughts on death might justify his great fondness of creating new characters, and sculpting them skillfully and patiently until he turns them into icons.
"The second goal is studying the narrative speech used by Nagi, starting with the character, by building a critical platform that discusses it in a panoramic picture, and detects its complications and interactions with all the components of the narrative structure," he added.
The book considers that the character element is one of the most important pillars in a novel and an indicator of narration in a text.
In other words, the narrative does not exist without the character, and this is why studying the narrative character is a more important research field than narrative criticism. This study explores the process of character creation including its dimensions, external, internal, and social traits, its introduction, and its classification.
It also highlights the connections between the character and the other components of the narrative structure.
Kamal al-Lahib says he used a simple style for the discussion of the hypothetical material in his book, before moving to the deep analyses of Mohamed Nagi's writings, so those who didn't read the latter's works can easily understand the critical proposal.