The Animalization of Man

Mamdouh Adwan

Mamdouh Adwan




The world of organized and random oppression that a person lives in this age, is a world that is neither suitable for man nor for the growth of his humanity. Rather, it is a world that cultivates the "animality" of man (i.e. turning him into an animal). The writer deals with this topic like a researcher, but with the mentality, the temperament and the style of a writer. He is not going to propose another theory or refute another.

Our perception of the human being that we should be is not impossible to achieve, even if it comes from a literary or artistic conception. But this perception makes us, "when we see the reality in which we live", feel the size of our losses during our human journey, which are cumulative and continuous losses as long as the world of oppression and humiliation exists and continues. And we will end up becoming creatures of another type whose name was “man”, or aspired to be a human being, without changing form.

Mamdouh Adwan was a prolific Syrian writer, poet, playwright and critic. He published his first collection of poetry in 1967, followed by 18 others. He also wrote 2 novels, 25 plays, translated 23 books from English including the Iliad, the Odyssey, a biography of George Orwel and Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis, and numerous TV series. He wrote regularly on Arab current affairs, and taught at the Advanced Institute for Theater in Damascus.