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More About This Title ERASER CHILD


Set in the first half of the twentieth century, Eraser Child draws much of its
fictive stuff from truthful events. Its main character Fouad is a country boy
who grows up in a backward milieu hemmed in by the illusion that he is a
blessed person- a fact which hardly saves him from a revengeful family
asking for his death to avenge one of the shepherds who lost his eye at
the hands of the boy’s father. Therefore, to save their child (their only
child) who came into the world after seven girls, the parents decide to
make him join the army so as to become “ the government’s boy,” and
thus no one will dare to kill him.
In the army and as he is handsome, another illusion sets in. The soldiers look upon him as a
descendant of a high family or as an officer disguised as a recruit for some reason. During this
period he becomes acquainted with a boxer, who becomes later a member of the intelligence
system and whose assignment later was, owing to his great stature, to steal into manifestations
and carry on his shoulders one of the protesters wanted by the police to allow him to cry out, only
to hand him out, as he sets him off from the protestation, to security men!!
During the Second World War, the protagonist’s relationship to a British colonel develops, and the
novel sheds much light on this period and the war atmosphere.
The third illusion that waxes larger and larger sets in with the visit of the leader of the army to the
camp and his admiration for the handsomeness of the recruit. Accordingly, he takes him along to
be one of the special guards that stand by the king’s gate or what the novel calls “ the master of the
country.” In this part, there is a description of the beginning of his fondness and love for rifles, the
ambiance of the palace and the parties and the women who fall in love with him.
The fourth illusion sets in with The Palestinian Nakba Year (1948) when the king sends him with
what was called “ the salvation army”, after giving him his own rifle, telling him “ not to come back
unless victorious.” At the same time, the king asks the British colonel to lead the army in this battle,
but the colonel answers him: “ how can Britain fight against Britain in a war like this?”
Eraser Child unravels the untruthful and faked nature of this war when the “ hero” gets lost after
one of the battles. Roving the desert, he encounters a Belgian pilot from the United Nations Forces
whose jet was brought down, so they become friends, after they have buried the other Belgian pilot
who was killed. However, the events take a different turn when the other pilot gets killed as they
are tracked down. Here, Fouad feels that he is charged with the death of the pilot as he listens to
the news of the jet crash and the case of the assassination of the Count Bernard through the
wireless set that links him to the world (Berlin Service) and the (BBC World Service). He thus
embarks on another kind of escape as he feels to be chased and wanted by the United Nations.
A sarcastic novel about an erased hero and about a time shaped up by lies, backward values, and
high-falutin illusions far from truths.

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