KURDISH IDENTITY IN SAMIR NAQQAS'S. Shlomo al-Kurdi, wa-ana wa-az-zaman
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The article examines the themes of uprooting and the complexities of identity quest as they appear in Samir Naqqash 1 novel Shlomo Al-Kurdi, Myself and Time. 2 It analyses the extent to which the experiences of exile and displacement influence the formation of the characters' identity and undermine the notion of belonging. The study strives to explore biographical aspects, in which the author's own background and personal traits assume an overbearing impact on the themes found in his novel. The author argues that both the writer and his protagonist live in exile and seek identity, first the author through the act of writing in Arabic language, whereas his protagonist does so by retaining his Kurdish surname. The relationship between exile and memory is approached, in which the author and his protagonist endeavor to preserve their memory in the face of the tension posed by the experience of separation from their native lands. Similarly, they had undertaken narratives of harsh journeys on account of political and economic compulsions to some new strange lands, where they long for an image of home they have left behind.
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