The Algerian writer and novelist, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, described herself as a cause writer, noting that most of her literary works talk about the issues and concerns of the Arab world, and that fame was her retribution and a reality imposed on her, and she believes that the writer cannot write under the floodlights, and that her writings in love are Reflections and observations through her relationships and observations.
This came during a session in which she met her readers and fans under the title “The Reader is a Writer”, as part of the exhibition’s activities, moderated by the journalist Mustafa Al-Agha.
During the session, Mosteghanemi expressed her happiness for her participation in the exhibition, noting that her most beautiful memories are in this event on the land of Sharjah, where in the previous session she signed for more than seven continuous hours, and left the exhibition at 1:30 at night; She also responded to Mustafa Al-Agha’s comment about the beauty of her dress, saying that she used to be present in Sharjah in the Arab dress out of respect for the emirate, which is the castle of Arabism, and it did not happen that she entered it except in an Arab dress, and this is one of her special rituals when visiting cities that have a special pride in her conscience, such as her city, Constantine.
Mostaghanemi said: “I live in the world of my readers more than I live with my family and children. I read everything they write on my page, after everyone who read me became a writer, and I turned from a writer to a reader for my readers, in the time of wars and displacement experienced by many Arab peoples, each with a story He wants to tell her, which is his way of recovering from his tragedy. I have readers and followers from different countries of the Arab world, to whom I dedicate a portion of my time to its importance, knowing that a little can change someone’s life.”
Mosteghanemi talked about social media platforms, and said: “I entered the world of social media platforms reluctantly, and until recently I was not the one who manages my pages. I found myself forced to learn how to use them because of the spread of many pages in my name; This world is not like me.”
Mosteghanemi continued: “Technology tampered with us, and stole from us many of our beautiful joys, although it made us accessible to loved ones, but we became profane because of it. There is no privacy. We live as if we are being chased by a camera; I love my darkness, for the writer was not created for light, and he is not a star, but rather he should resemble his readers and not be distinguished from them.
She added: “I have an excessive sensitivity to the situation of the increasing spread of communication sites, and to review everything that is not within the reach of millions of people today, and real reviews of this case are necessary. That is, there is no point in science.” She emphasized that she had never sought fame, and had not accepted any offer to use her name in advertising.
The Algerian novelist concluded her speech by saying: “I accept my fame as a test of a blessing that God has honored me with, and I always try to bear the concerns of the Arab person as much as I can, and to be faithful in that. And what concerns me most is to save my autobiography, as I must document all the wars that drained me, so that I do not fall prey to distortion after I leave, as happened with other writers.
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