(Biographism in the autobiographism of Maḥmūd al-Saʿdanī, master of Egyptian satire)
in La rivista di Arablit, a. VII, n. 14, dicembre 2017, pp. 19-43.
Celebrated all over the Arab world as the master of Egyptian satire, Maḥmūd al-Saʿdanī, alias “al-Walad al-Šaqī” (the Naughty Boy), was a journalist, writer, playwright and author of various radio and television programs. This walking encyclopedia published around twenty books, including several historical and biographical texts, as well as a famous autobiographic pentad. In the third book of this series, al-Saʿdanī recalls the two years he spent in al-Qanāṭir prison as a casualty of the persecutions against the Egyptian left during the Sadat (al-Sādāt) era. Moreover, the writer englobes the life stories of six other prisoners within his autobiographic narrative. This study focuses on al-Walad al-Šaqī fī ’l-siǧn (The Naughty Boy in Jail, 1981), trying to explain precisely the relationship between biography and autobiography in al-Saʿdanī’s oeuvre.
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