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Hafiz the Second-hand Dealer (2005)

Meet Hafiz, his donkey Saber, who talks to him at night; his wife Safia; and their two children Youssef and Khairiyya; his goat Saadia who provides milk for the children; his black cat ‘Dalma’: and his white dog ‘Zabadi.’ All these characters live in a little shack on the outskirts of Heliopolis.

The novel focuses on the character of Hafiz who loves his job, loves old things and ends up keeping what he likes and refusing to sell it.

His plot becomes complicated when he has an affair with Dalal, the lottery seller. Dalal becomes pregnant and he is forced to marry her. Safia then leaves their home along with their two children and goes back to live with her father in the village.

Through Hafiz’s daily life, the novel offers a slice of life at the margins and uncovers the dynamics of contemporary Egyptian society.

 


حافظ بتاع الروبابيكيا - 2005

تعرض الرواية لشخصية حافظ بتاع الروبابيكيا وحياته مع زوجته صفية وحماره صابر، الذي يدعى انه يتكلم معه ليلاً، إلى جانب المعزة سعدية التي يحلبان لبنها لطفليهما يوسف وخيرية، وكذلك القطة السوداء ضلمة، والكلب الأبيض زبادى‏.‏

يعيشون جميعاً بعشة بسيطة على أطراف مصر الجديدة. يعشق حافظ مهنته ويحب الأشياء القديمة. يحتفظ لنفسه بما يعجبه منها ويرفض التفريط فيها. تتعقد حياته بعد علاقته مع دلال بائعة الياناصيب وحملها منه واضطراره للزواج منها. تترك صفية العشة وتصطحب الطفلين معها إلى بيت أبيها بقرية شبرامنت‏.‏

تعرض الرواية من خلال رحلة حافظ اليومية لمظاهر الحياة والمجتمع المصري المعاصر‏.‏

 
 

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