The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist Emile Habiby
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Just a quick note on the novel before wrapping up my thoughts and takes on the class and its broader questions. Rama and the Dragon by the Egyptian Edward al Kharrat 9. Habibi's popular mainstream sf novel Al-waqa' al-ghariba fi ikhtifa' Said Abu an-Nahs al-Mutasha'il (1974; trans as The Secret Life of Saeed, the Ill-Fated Pessoptimist: A Palestinian who Became a Citizen of Israel 1982). Monday, April 4th - Kalila wa Dimna. Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Trevor Le Gassick (London: Arabia Books, 2010). Monday, March 7th – Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist by Palestinian Emile Habibi 7. The Desolate Time by Syrian author Haidar Haidar 8. 3 Responses to Secret Life of Saeed He almost points to it himself when he says: “The difference, of course, is that Candide always concluded that “All is well in the world,” while Saeed the pessoptimist is not so sure. Last thought on the Secret Life of Saeed, the Pessoptimist. �I'm increasingly pessoptimistic,” he said, echoing the title of a satirical novel from 1974, “The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist,” by Emile Habiby, an Arab-Israeli writer who served in the Knesset for nineteen years. "[The secret life of Saeed, the ill-fated pessoptimist] was a novel written by the late Palestinian author Emile Habibi in 1974. Schami: My favourite Middle Eastern writers are those I haven't read yet. Emile Habiby, The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist, trans. Monday, February 7th – The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby. I don't differentiate between optimism and pessimism and am quite at a loss as to which of the two characterizes me. How do you differentiate between a pessimist and an optimist?