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Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
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June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8

Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine

Professor Mona Takieddine Amunyi during the seminar

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 themes.

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.