Alternating between excitement, suspense and movement, the first series of Tunisian pocket novels was recently published, which included 4 mini-series, namely: “Sigma” by the Egyptian writer residing in Tunisia Jasir Eid, “Imagethos” by the Tunisian writer Tariq Lamouchi, and “The Black Decade” by Tunisian writer Sami Al-Mokadam, and “The Eagles’ Den” by Tunisian writer Atef Hatami.
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As for the “Black Decade”, it is a historical fantasy that ranges between fantasy and reality, and symbolizes the ten years between 1250 and 1260 AD, which witnessed confrontations between Muslims, Mongols, Muslims and the Crusaders, and problems between Castile and Granada in Andalusia. Rumi.
As for “The Eagles’ Den”, it is a science fiction series that takes place in Tunisia in a future era, after Tunisia turned into a superpower, which made it many enemies and created a security apparatus called “The Eagles’ Den” to deal with all the dangers facing it.
The book behind the series wanted to give a glimmer of hope to build a new, desired and better Tunisia to transcend the existing reality in the style of adventure and action.
As for “Stigma”, it means stigma, and it talks about a curse that follows the hero after he embarked on an adventure and suffered an accident that made him live with a stigma in his surroundings. The events of the adventure are summarized about how the hero deals with his curse through a funny, sarcastic and funny style.
The story stems from the core of the Tunisian reality with a side of imagination, as the second issue of the series “Hide and Seek” – for example – mentions the Amazigh villages in the south of Tunisia.
Some question points hover over this youth initiative, regarding the purpose of its launch, the extent of its success and continuity, and the similarities between it and the Egyptian pocket novels, which the writers of the series will explain to Al Jazeera Net.
How did Tunisian pocket novels begin?
Writer Tariq Al-Lamoushi explains to Al-Jazeera Net that the idea came to them since their childhood after reading the various series of Egyptian pocket novels and their attachment to them, so they took the initiative today to realize the dream of issuing a purely Tunisian version.
In turn, the Egyptian writer residing in Tunisia, Jasser Eid, confirms to Al Jazeera Net that the series of Tunisian pocket novels is a fulfillment of the spirit of its Egyptian counterpart, and a tribute to its creative writers such as Nabil Farouk and Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq, and “better late than never.”
What are the objectives of this first experience in Tunisia?
Writer Atef Hatami tells Al Jazeera Net that they seek to reduce the reading gap between the young and old generation, by creating novels specific to the young generation to encourage them to read.
Writer Sami Al-Muqaddam explains to Al-Jazeera Net that the Tunisian pocket novels are an attempt to fill the intellectual void of the category of young people and adolescents who do not have novels suitable for their age.
He adds that they focused in their writings on exciting events and a light style to attract the attention of this category, in addition to contributing to the formation of its personality through the various historical, scientific and geographical information included in the series.
As for Jasser Eid, he asserts that it is an initiative “to achieve reconciliation between adolescents and young adults with reading, especially since they are small-sized series suitable for reading in every place and time.”
What are the differences between the Tunisian and Egyptian experience?
Eid says that Tunisian pocket novels are characterized by their Tunisian character and keeping pace with the developments of the times, through the use of means of communication and modern technology, because they are directed to the present and future era.
As for Lamouchi, he talks about the different content that all take place in Tunisia, and the difference in format, as each series will be limited to 10 episodes only.
What is the future of Tunisian pocket novels?
Jasser Eid explains that a number of this series is expected to be released every two months, especially since the majority of reactions to the first issues were positive, and the series succeeded in reducing the addiction of many readers to electronic games and drew them to reading, and opened their appetite for writing in this way.
The presenter spoke of a great success in which sales exceeded more than 500 copies of one book, pending the release of the third issue of the series this June, and if the success continues, the second season of the series will be released.
He also indicated the ambition of the four writers to have female pens join the group, to enrich the series.