Reading in the story of
"The Sparrows' homeland"
Waheeb Nadeem Wahbah
Sohel Ibrahem Isawi
Hassam Hegazy Hassan
The creative writer Waheeb Nadeem Wahbah, who is fond of the beautiful colors of the literature, embellished with true creativity, from poetry, plays, prose, children's literature and philosophy. He is one of the serious writers who succeeded in intruding the international doors early. His works were translated into several foreign languages including French, English, Hebrew and others. His work has won several awards, appreciation and financial, besides printing and publishing the winning manuscript.
The story of "The Sparrows' homeland":
The story is published by "Dar al-Huda for Printing and Publishing Karim", in Hebrew and Arabic edition in one book , with elegant printing, thick cover, the drawings by the artist Sobhiya Hassan, linguistic proofreading by Dr. Safa Farhat, Hebrew translation by Bruria Horvitz, Medium Size of 86 pages , Release Date 2014 First Edition.
The story of "The Sparrows' homeland": tells about a forest waking up on the birds' songs. In the middle of the forest there is a lake, a sun flying the flag of peace, a river making its way through the forest, an old woodman who loves the forest and "The Sparrows' homeland". He is making his best to prepare the piles of firewood to turn them into magic coal, which expels the harsh cold to prevent people in nearby villages and the city not to be prey to cold and frost. One day the old man woke up and the birds stopped singing, and many trees were uprooted. Many strange animals entered the forest and terrorized "The Sparrows' homeland". The elephants shook the trees and fell the bird's nests that were trampled down by elephants which went on vandalism. Killing and destruction were spread all over the forest, the dead sparrows were floating on the river surface , he rode his horse and took as many as possible bags of coal to the city but the news arrived before him to the inhabitants of the city who thought that he was among the dead, when the governor of the city came, a poisonous snake came out from one the bags of coal, and stung the ruler who got dead, then the guards arrested the woodman on charges of conspiring and killing the governor, thousands of snakes came out from the coal wagon, killed and scared the safe people. With great difficulty, he proved and convinced the interrogator that he was the woodman and presented a plan for peace between sparrows, elephants and crocodiles .It was to divide the jungle between sparrows and other animals, and taming elephants to help man. The people of the city led by the woodman began to reconstruct the forest and repair the broken trees, refilling the holes, laying of the water pipes, the sounds of the sparrows chirping came back again, and the forest became a breeding ground for animals and sparrows, and the ropes were untied which were the separator and the barrier, by doing so, the borders were removed and the water of the lake turned back to be clean and pure .
The writer used the symbolism on the tongues of the inhabitants of The Sparrows' homeland, birds, animals, elephants, crocodiles, snakes and a horse, storms and winds, as the style of Kalila and Dimna which was translated to us by "Ibn Al-Muqaffa", in this way the writer succeeds in conveying his message smoothly and somewhat vaguely ambiguous, also the text does not surrender to the reader from the first look. The author used a more rich and high language filled with metaphors and similes, in a beautiful poetic language that increased the magnificence and the beauty of the text.
1- The Open Call for Peace: The story embodies an explicit call for peace among peoples, and in every region of the world torn by ethnic, religious, sectarian, national, partisan, or even familial and tribal conflicts, by finding a nearly just solution without denying the new reality.
2- Call to accept the other: calls for the sparrows to accept the presence of animals in "The Sparrows' homeland" in return the animals respect Sparrows and do not deny their existence .
3- Not to surrender and invent solutions: The woodman who was lying in the prisons and in the cellars of the investigation, did not surrender, dialogued and convinced the prisoner with the fairness of his case, and succeeded in convincing the people of the city to rebuild the forest and provide a helping hand the sparrows.
4- Acceptance of reality: The writer refers to the need to recognize and accept the changes on the ground and not to break them to reach a solution, the solution has not been the expulsion of elephants and other animals, but the establishment of artificial boundaries and the sharing of the forest, and after the establishment of security the borders removed, and all continue to live in harmony, respect and love.
5-The need for a leading person: After the killing of the governor with a sting of a snake, the investigator took on difficult and bold tasks to go out of the chaos that swept the city and the region.
6-Cooperation is the secret to Success: The birds have returned singing and the sun is embracing peace through cooperation and tolerance.
7-The importance of love of the homeland: love of the place and belonging and sacrifice to it, and this is embodied by the redeemer and sincere woodman.
8-The need for a leader of a vision: a vision to be inspired by the masses.
9-Not to believe rumors and lies, especially in times of chaos and war .
10-The need to hear the voice of the other: the need to accept the other and hear his voice and make him hear your voice .This appeared clearly, through publishing the story in two languages in one book and in many ways, to reach the writer's message to the world.
Aesthetic in the text:
The creative writer Waheeb Nadeem Wahbah is a writer, who owns the corner of the letter and subjugate the words to play the most beautiful melody of the eternal tones. Examples of beautiful words and terms:
p. 37 "The forest was waking up", "singing for life the songs of struggle and work", "this river ... is running like the unruly white horse," and "the sun falling in the lap of the lake raising the banner of peace and tranquility in the forestland", p38 "and a grief in the heart", "time is defeating you", p39 "The cold is creeping on the edges of the forest", and "The walls are shivering from the cold" (p. 44) "The horse was twisting the ground as the waves rolled over the water," p. 45, "His eyes flew fast like lightning to the noise of the carriage", P. 49 "The trees are bending to kiss the earth", "Kill the morning and the joy of the day", p. 50 "The sparrows took heaven refuge for them". p.55 "A horse is running away from the truth" p. 57 "How did "The Sparrows' homeland" become a mirage?" P. 59 "The story of the strange man was spread like fire" p. 63 "I know it like the palm of my hand" P. 69 "The surprise covered the faces of those present" P. 70 "The smile is above the faces "p. 73" and the thoughts spin like the clock in his head", p. 74" Sleeping jumped to his eyes", P. 77 "The forest is rising again. " All these beautiful expressions refer to a skilled writer who accompanies the Arabic language and likes it warmly, to expand the linguistic wealth of the reader.
For what does the forest of "The Sparrows' homeland"
What do snakes symbolize in the story?
For what do elephants and crocodiles that have swept the forest symbolize?
How did the woodman convince the people of the city to build the forest and "The Sparrows' homeland"?
How did the woodman succeed in taming animals to become human friendly and peaceful?
How does the call for peace appear throughout the globe through the story?
Do you support the translation of beautiful Arabic texts into other languages and why?
Have graphics served the text? What do you think?
How did the principle of accepting the other appear in the story?
Does the story apply to our reality?
The writer Waheeb Nadeem Wahbah succeeded in presenting a successful story capable of interacting with events, the reader and the reality, in a beautiful manner posing a global issue that threatens security and world peace.
The writer of essay: poet and writer of children Sohel Ibrahem Isawi/ published dozens of books.
The cover and interior drawings: by the artist Sobhiya Hassan.
Dar Al-Huda for Publishing and Distribution, 2014.
Hassan Hegazy Hassan, an Egyptian Poet and Translator,
Born in 16-7-1960, Graduated from Zagazig University, 1982, got his BA, in English language, Education and Arts. Member in Egypt's writer union and a member in The Egyptian Translators and Linguists' Association, in Cairo.
In poetry: Published seven collections.
In translation: Published about 12 works, from them:-
1-- A whoop of Scent, a poetry collection for: Asmae’ Saqr Al- Qassimi . U.A .E . Emirate. Into English.
2-- Seven ages For Man, selected poems from English poetry to Arabic language.
3-- Under Warm Sun: Short stories, for the Tunisian Writer: Ibraheem Draghouthy. Into English.
4- Bleeding Under Sand: Very Short Stories. Hassan Ali Al- Battran/ Saudi Arabia. Into English.
5- Songs along the River Nile.
6- Whispers from the other side of the world: A poetry collection for 15 Arab poets from different parts of the Arab world, Into English.
7- Bee- Flu: Alkessah Al-sha'erah. Mohamed Elshahat Mohamed. Egypt. Into English.
8-The Conquerors, very Short Stories by: Mohammed Ibn Rabea al-Ghamedy, Saudi Arabia. Into English.
9- Paradise in my chest, Tahani Al- Douihm, , very short stories, Saudi Arabia. Into English.
10-The Signal is Still Red,Very short stories, Ibtessam Al-Bakhmey, Saudi Arabia. Into English.
11 –Innovations from the east and the west. a poetry collection. Asmae’ Saqr Al- Qassimi. U.A .E . Emirate. Into English.