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Husam Ramadan

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1990
  • Age: 33
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Dr. Hussam Ramadan is a Palestinian writer, born in 1990, from Nablus, residing in Germany. He is an English Literature graduate from An-Najah National University in Nablus, and holds a PhD in English Studies from Germany.

The doctoral dissertation was titled: "The role of Palestinian literature translated into English in defending the Palestinian position before the world."

This book is the first of its kind that introduced Palestinian literature to the world, and provided literature with what is important, necessary, and exceptional.

Dr. Hussam is the author of the book “Show Us Your Face, Handala” 2019, and he is in the process of producing the book “48”, which consists of short Palestinian stories translated into English, and an English book entitled: “Translation after the Nakba.”

In addition, he published a novel titled: "Koma" by Jaffa House for Publishing and Distribution / Jordan this year.

The writer Hossam Ramadan draws the features of the future with a solid will and broad knowledge. In exile, vision is different, thought is free and free, culture is not limited by roles, and diligence is not killed by opportunities.

I had this interview with him

Who is Hossam Ramadan?

I am Hussam Ramadan, from the village of Tal Qada, Nablus, I have been residing since 2016 in Tübingen, Germany, I am currently working as an assistant professor in the English language department at An-Najah National University, I studied English literature at the university where I am currently working, and I completed a PhD in cultural English studies And like me, like many of the youth of Palestine, we traveled to chart the features of our future away from the great pressures that our people have been subjected to for more than half a century.

Why did you choose to study literature? What is its impact on refining your personality as a writer?

I chose literature because it is one of the best ways to express what is going on inside us with freedom and honesty. The word that comes out in certain situations may sometimes be insincere, or we try to beautify it so as not to hurt and embarrass others. But in literature, we uproot our feelings and re-plant them on top of our hearts. Paper, literature is one of the highest ways of expression and one of the things that makes me personally happiest, and I studied literature in order to learn from the experiences of others. We have to know well that good literature is the product of life experiences, and every time we read a good work, we polish ourselves to face life through Learning from the experiences of others, and through literature, we learn about the cultures and languages of others, so we have prepared ourselves internally to treat those who are strangers to us, I mean there are strangers in terms of culture, lifestyle, language, religion, customs and traditions, and so on.

Alienation opens horizons for freedom, and the horizon expands to accept cultures. How did alienation contribute to refining your personality? Did it influence your writing?

One of the sayings that is still stuck in my mind; What Hitler said when he said: "Three things make men: prison, military, and alienation. If you haven't tried one of them, know that your place is with your mother."

I did not know well the meaning of that saying until when I traveled, because I learned a lot here, here the person is at stake, no father wakes you up from your sleep, no mother prepares you morning coffee, no brother fights you over a shirt that you stole from him, and no sister stands and looks at elegance Your dress, here you are alone, and you have to rely on yourself only, and every day in exile is harsher than a hundred in your country, so I try hard to coexist with the culture of the country, and strive myself in order to prove myself, because I and other Palestinian youth lived through very difficult circumstances, and this had an impact In refining our personalities, and this is reflected in my writings that I started here, the great freedom we live here gives you the opportunity to write everything that goes on in your thoughts, as well as alienation makes us long for our days that we lived, so every day I remember my life there, and I try to make up for this great deficiency And a deep longing to write.

In your novel "Kuma", the characters wander in Palestine between Nablus and Gaza. Is it homesickness? What is the impact of the place on the movement of the characters in your novel?

Yes, this novel I started writing in the middle of 2018, and I finished it in the middle of the eighth month of 2021, a novel that brings together the two hearts of Palestine, whose residents never meet due to the difficult political circumstances, although my feet have never set foot on the land of Gaza before, but they do not Say hello to Nablus, my hometown.
It must be the longing for the homeland that made the characters of my novel take the city of Nablus as a place to perform their main or even secondary roles, but I moved from time to time between one city and another, Nablus, Jerusalem, Gaza, Jenin, and others, we see - for example - the need. Safiya, whose origins are from the destroyed village of Lajoun; She plays a pivotal role in the novel through the great sympathy she shows with Wissam, the protagonist, and we also receive the child, Rehana, who tells us the suffering of the people of Gaza at the Gush Katif checkpoint or checkpoint.

“Mahfouz” as it was known to the people of the region there, and we see that each character has played a specific role in a place in a remarkable dramatic way, and thus the multiple places had a great impact on the sequence of the events of the novel, and that the multiplicity of places takes the reader out of the element of boredom that may engulf him if it revolves Narrated events in only one place.

When you searched for texts of Palestinian writers for the purpose of translating them into a special book, you did not find a database and resorted to personal research. What is the importance of documenting texts? And the importance of having a plan at the Ministry of Culture to pay attention to literature globally? How much does the Palestinian novel serve this matter?

Not exactly, because I was sure that the Palestinian literature translated into English lacks an electronic crucible that collects all the information that will benefit the students in the future. The positives that benefit Palestinian literature, as Palestinian literature carries within it the Palestinian cause, and its translation and documentation of translation is in favor of the Palestinian cause, which many around the world are ignorant of or try to pretend they are ignorant of, and that archiving Palestinian literature encourages English language departments to teach Palestinian literature with Palestinian literature, and to The Ministry of Education will also benefit from this project to include Palestinian texts and poems in the books of school students so that they understand their cause and the suffering of the people in the homeland and diaspora in a new language in which they can stand by their cause in the future. Many people want to write, but what is the use of writing if it remains confined to us Arabs? We need to motivate translators to convey the image of Palestine to the world. This way, the Ministry of Culture can - for example - announce an award for the best Palestinian novel that has been transferred to other languages, or a short story or poem. Through this, we can raise the low level of translating Palestinian literature into English as a global language. By archiving Palestinian literature, I found that what was translated during the past seven decades did not exceed 5% of all Palestinian works published since 1948.

Where do you get your characters from?

The characters in my novel are realistic, but I added a distinctive character to each character in order to suit the event that I want to portray and the general goal that I aspire to at the end of the novel. My father was present in that novel, as well as my mother, and many of those who had a special influence in my life.


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