Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine
|Professor Mona Takieddine Amunyi during
A famous Lebanese writer once advised his daughter to treat a book with
love and care as though it were a loaf of bread. The centennial anniversary
of the birth of that writer, Khalil Takieddine, was celebrated in a special
event sponsored by the Anis Makdisi Program for Literature on April 4
in the Bathish Auditorium of West Hall. Organized in collaboration with
the writer's daughter, Muna Takieddine Amuyni, who is a lecturer in AUB's
Civilization Sequence Program, the series of discussions that were held
featured talks by a select group of the late writer's relatives, close
friends, and admirers.
Lawyer Sleiman Takieddine, in his introduction to the program, portrayed
Khalil Takieddine as a Baaklin villager whose involvement in Lebanese
and international politics could not pull him away from his love of literature.
Literature left an indelible mark in his personality, a characteristic
known to be common among most members of the Takieddine family.
Literary critic Nazik Saba Yared discussed Takieddine's literary works
by connecting the themes of love, nature, life, and death, to the content
of Takieddine's writings, and explained how he handled those controversial
Journalist Bassem El-Jisr described the Takieddine family as "literary"
and constantly surrounded by books, and quoted these words by the author:
"I write the story to portray life as seen by my own eyes, and not
by the eyes of others."
Journalist Ali Hamadeh presented a speech prepared by his brother, Parliamentarian
Marwan Hamadeh, which was dedicated to both Khalil Takieddine and their
own father, Mohammad Ali Hamadeh, since they were very close friends.
Touma Aridi, Takieddine's son-in-law, ended the discussions by saying:
"I knew Khalil Takieddine before I was introduced to him," and
recalled reading the late author's books in his father's library. Aridi
also described Takieddine as a true patriot who all his life remained
extremely in touch with his Druze village heritage.
Mona Takieddine Amunyi, visibly moved by the great emotional silence that
spread among those present, was pleased to announce that her father's
writings will be published soon in two volumes.