The artist and minister Farouk Hosny talked about the secrets of 23 years of cultural work during his tenure as the Egyptian Minister of Culture. He reveals the back scenes of that period with all its struggles and crises.
The book includes 15 chapters dealing with confrontations with the former minister about his most famous cultural battles such as the “Sea Weed Banquet”, the battle of the UNESCO, the hijab crisis, the victory of Naguib Mahfouz with the Nobel Prize, the attempted assassination of him, the loss of the poppy flower and the restoration campaign of Sphinx, for which he was named the Minister of Sphinx. ”
The book also includes Farouk Hosny’s relationship with some of the Arab ministers of culture and leaders whom he met during his tenure as a minister.
She is “daddy’s daughter” such was her mother’s description, warning both her sisters not to disclose everything to her, or else she would reveal it to their father. She is not only her father’s daughter, but you could also say that she adores him and his lifestyle- she follows his footsteps in every way – even her tone of voice and intonation resembles very much her father, the late president Mohamed Anwar El Sadat. She is ‘Ruqaya”, the eldest daughter of President Sadat, who decided to open her box of memories with a father whom she never stops mentioning his name and deeds, with tireless revelation of her obsessive assertions that the assassination that claimed his life on the October victory celebration, was a conspiracy beyond the Islamist boundaries. As such, the author’s memories are intertwined with the events she had lived through, to produce this must-read piece of work, as she is “daddy’s daughter”.
A book that has not been issued before for the great writer Anis Mansour. He narrates his stories with great people such as: Abbas El Akkad, Tawfiq El Hakim, Taha Hussein, Abd El Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abd El Wahab, Sarkozy, Mitterrand, Anwar El Sadat, Gamal Abd El Nasser, Obama, Taheya Karioka, Samia Gamal, Kamel El Shennawy, and Madiha Yousry.
In Cairo cafes and on its roads were their encounters for long years. This is a debate about democracy, that is a conversation on the development of countries and those are thoughts on the relationship of the ruler and the people and the means of organizing authority in the homeland Talks and conversations among the public and private; among the tutor Naguib Mahfouz and the comrade Gamal
Ghitani whereby both are professors.
With the departure of Ghitani, these boards remain as a special window that provides a view of a unique relationship in the world
of Arabic literature not only for being between two Arab authors in the modern era, but because it provides us with a unique vision, free of any personal interest, to issues that will remain crucial in human life regardless of the name, race or color.