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أنا ما أُخفيه

by Haifa Aleed

Book Type: Modern Arabic Poetry

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192 pages



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Haifa Aleed, a Saudi writer and poet, born in 1987, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, and often deemed to be the cradle of Islam. Despite the fact that censorship has limited the development of Saudi literature, several Saudi novelists and poets have achieved critical and popular acclaim in the Arab world, and succeeded to grow a global fame, most precisely through the rise of the social media and especially the "Twitter" platform that allows the mixing of many literary genres and the overlapping between literary, cultural, cognitive and linguistic posts.

Even though she started writing in 2006 and published several literary articles in Arab and Gulf newspapers, Aleed didn't really had her big exposure till she created her Twitter account in May 2012 and shortened it to literary tweets, growing an audience base that admired her style of no equivalent, especially when it comes to an Arab female writer. A style that wasn't much appreciated by her community due to its boldness and rebellious side, the thing that made her take the challenge no matter the consequences, and hold the flag of modernism against all odds.

Her debut book (I Am What I Hide) was issued by Difaf publications in Beirut in 2014, gathering all of Aleed thoughts throughout its pages, and putting to light her personal philosophy about love, life and society. The emergence of her contemporary poems can be easily considered as one of the most important achievements of modern literature, that the author fully explained through several press interviews and articles in the Arabic media.

When we go through Haifa Aleed writings, we clearly notice that her literary style is based on the poetic image and the intensive language that perfectly monitors the emotional ladder, and expresses the revolution on the traditional forms of poetry, and the spirit of defiance and rebellion, as well as the wild desire for self-expression, despite the secret and repressed world behind the frontiers of her daily life. The revolution on the male society that always materializes the female body, made her dig deep inside for the evil woman in her, going to the fullest pleasures of sin, and turning its ugliness into an aesthetic and pure form of literature.

Being a shocking tool, the poetic images in the poet's writing style can sometimes reach the peak of its visual richness through a poetic scenery and an exotic yet absurd vision, giving to her poems their distinctive attributes and characteristics. Also, Aleed represents the perfect example of the rebellious woman against all kinds of boredom and monotony that doesn't stop asking for amazement especially in her saying: "I don't write, I try to face the cursed crowd of false dreams, and to share with angels... the thrill of writing the sins down".

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