Kamal Riahi On:
Moscow by Mohammed al-Habasha
For decades, most of the modern Arabic literature has been restricted to various ideologies, mostly leftist-nationalist-Islamist, that have become central to the narrative discourse. These literary texts continued to produce stereotypical literary figures, who are often situated in the theoretical philosophical discourse. Most of these figures deal with the issues of struggle and nostalgia. However, a handful of literary texts tried to relate cynically and critically to these ideologies and their retreat from the life of Arab society, with a social approach that evoked laughter at the problematic nature of an outdated ideological association. Mohammed Habasha, a promising young Tunisian novelist, writes an ironic short story about the end of the era of communism through a Tunisian middle-class picaresque figure, and its decline forever.