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May 8, 2008

Egyptian Graphic Novel Confiscated

Filed under: Blurbs — Joseph Mastantuono @ 9:16 am

Via this blog, Check it.

Nothing snaps you out of your own myopic view of things faster than a little story like this:

Magdy El-Shafie, author and cartoonist of The Metro, widely regarded as the first Egyptian graphic novel, last week received a summons to appear before the state prosecution service following the confiscation of his novel from the publisher, Malameh. Mohammed El-Sharqawy, head of Malameh, also received a summons, this time following 15 days spent in prison as a result of his participation in the 6 April strikes.

According to the state prosecution service, El-Shafie’s graphic novel, his first, contains obscenity and libelous references alleging corruption on the part of prominent Egyptian political figures. The confiscation of the novel has caused some in Egypt’s cultural community to recall previous such incidents, including when the novel A Banquet for Seaweed by Syrian novelist Haydar Haydar was confiscated on similar charges in 2000.

You can read a translated preview here. The lettering and presentation of the art is pretty crude, but I’m sure somethings were lost in the scan and translation there.

It’s pretty sad that what seems to be the first graphic novel with adult themes written in Arabic is forced to be subject to censorship. Not much else one can say.

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