کتاب حضرت والا

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«حضرت والا» داستان کارمندی است که وقتی برای اولین بار پایش به اتاق یکی از مدیرکل‌ها باز می‌شود، تشریفات و مناسبات اداری او را مسحور می‌کند و با خودش عهد می‌بندد که روزی میز ریاست را از آن خود کند.

«حضرت والا» روایتِ این طی طریق است که توسط عثمان بیومی شخص اول داستان، انجام می‌شود تا به تدریج مدارج ترقی را طی کند و در این راه خیلی چیزها را از دست می‌دهد. این رمان دیدگاه نجیب محفوظ را در مورد زندگی آشکار می‌کند. مردی که به قلبش خیانت و به عشق پشت کرد تا پله‌های ترقی را بالا رود و…


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Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz is a Noble Prize winner, most famous for his The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street. Respected Sir is his wonderful character study of a man who puts ambition ahead of people or personal interests. Othman Bayyumi, a poor man with no family members living, starts working as a grade eight bureaucrat in the mail room. He had the lofty goal of someday becoming the Director General. He climbs up the grade levels of bureaucracy with almost religious fervor by taking educational classes, working extra hours, taking translation assignments, and kissing up to people in higher positions. His intelligence, work ethic, and charm help him climb up the government ladder.

During the course of his career, Othman twice refuses to marry women that he loves because he wants a wife with an advantageous background that might help him win a higher position at work. He doesnt make time for anyone who wants to befriend him, and saves all his money. Othmans life revolves around his ambition, and he gives up his chances for real love and a family. He really is not enjoying the journey of life since the pleasure of success is only fleeting every time he gains a higher position.

Othman is an interesting character, and it kept my interest to see how he dealt with the people he encountered both at work and in his neighborhood. I alternated between feeling empathy for Othman, and wanting to throw something at him to wake him up to life. Thanks to both Don and Jim for putting this book on my radar.

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A story of a man devoted to – obsessed with – moving up to the top of the Egyptian bureaucracy. He came from dirt-poor origins – his father was a donkey cart driver and they lived in an alley filled with animal dung. But he manages to go to school and starts to work his way up from mail clerk. He calculates how many years it will take him to move up the grades. He continues to study for advanced degrees, volunteers for extra duties, sucks up to superiors; he is the first in and last out every day for YEARS. He has no friends, no social life. He is the perfect employee. He even views his position in a religious light: “A government position is a brick in the edifice of the state, and the state is an exhalation of the spirit of God, incarnate on earth.” Once in a while his plans hit a stumbling block – a nephew of a higher-up get the promotion instead of him, but he persists.

So obsessed is he with advancement that, not once, but twice, he breaks up relationships with women he loves – and they love him --- because he knows they are too low in social status to advance his career. Very late in life he finally finds a match with a younger woman through an arranged marriage. And, as we all know is coming, it all ends in ashes.

Anyone who knows American bureaucracy will find the accuracy of the portrayal of the Egyptian bureaucracy uncannily familiar: sick leave, pensions, vacation time, grade levels, office politics, covering the rear ends of superiors. I imagine the Egyptian system was based on the British bureaucratic system. The author knows of what he writes – he was a bureaucratic his entire life while a part-time author. Even so, he is regarded as the classic man of Egyptian letters and the one who brought the modern novel to Egyptian readers. Mahfouz is best known for his “Cairo Trilogy.” This is a quick read (200 pages) and despite the boring sound of its subject matter, bureaucracy, quite fascinating.


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