Mohammed Said Hjiouij

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Mohammed Said Hjiouij (Arabic: محمد سعيد احجيوج; born April 1, 1982) is a Moroccan Novelist and Blogger. He is known for his novella "By Night In Tangier," which won the Inaugural Ismail Fahd Ismail Prize,[1] and his e-book "ABC Blogging ('alfiba' altadwin),[2][3]" published on 2009. An excerpt from his novella "Kafka In Tangier" have been translated into Hebrew.[4]

Mohammed Said Hjiouij
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Native name
محمد سعيد احجيوج
BornApril 1, 1982 (1982-04) (age 39)
Tangier, Morocco
OccupationNovelist
Notable awardsIsmail Fahd Ismail Prize for Novella
Website
hjiouij.com

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Career[edit]

In 2003, Hjiouij established a newspaper that specialized in technology, "Tanja Tech". Due to underfunding, there were only two issues of the newspaper. A year later, and with collaboration of two of his friends, he start "Literary Tangier (Tanjat al'adbia)," a monthly newspaper on culture and literature, which issued for more than two years, rather sporadically however.

In 2004, Hjiouij made his first literary contribution by publishing his first story collections, "The Occurrence of Things ('ashya' tahduth)" then two year later his second book "Postponed Suicide."[5] He also wrote poetry and won several prizes for it. One of these was the "Tangier, The Poetess" prize, in recognition to his poem "Al-Hallaj’s Breakdown."[6]

Starting in April 2005, till he decided to devote to blogging as his full-time career in 2009, he launched severals of blogs, e-magazines and small projects related to blogging and social media with the aim to enrich the Arabic content on the Internet. One of them was "Blogging without borders" journal, which was created to empower blogging in the Arab World, and the book "ABC Blogging ('alfiba' altadwin)," which provides insight into the theoretical and practical fundamentals of blogging.

In 2010, Mohammed Said Hjiouij was appointed head of the Moroccan Center of Modern Technology, after holding the inaugural meeting.[7] A year later, he launched "Zajil" project, which was later purchased by Hsoub Limited company. In 2012, Hjiouij co-founded a company that specializes in e-marketing, in which he initially filled the position of a CTO, and as an COO afterwards.

Hjiouij's preoccupation with blogging and entrepreneurship caused him to stop producing literary work for a period of over ten years. This period came to a halt in 2019, when Mohammed Said Hjiouij publishes his short novel "Kafka in Tangier" as a comeback to his absence.[8] The plot of the novel arouses a huge outcry as it sheds light on sensitive subjects including, firstly, the duality of good and evil, particularly the villainy that lie within every human being and that could slip out of control at any moment; secondly, the disintegration of an Arab family and the heavy reliance on the members’ shared interests as the only bond that keeps them together; and, thirdly, the normalization of moral corruption, sexism and betrayal among spouses and families.

In the same year his unpublished novella wins the 2019 Ismail Fahd Ismail Prize for short novels, "By Night In Tangier," which will be published by Dar Al-Ain in September, 2021.[9]

In September, 2020, he published his second novella, "The riddle of Edmond Amran El Maleh."[10]

Literary works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • "Kafka in Tangier" (original title: Kafka fi Tanja), Dar Tabarak for Publishing and Distribution, Cairo, 2019.
  • "The riddle of Edmond Amran El Maleh" (original title: Ahjiyat Edmun Amran El Maleh), Hachette Antoine Publishing House, Beirut, 2020.
  • "By Night In Tangier" (original title: Layl Tanja), Dar Al Ain Publishing House, Cairo, 2021.

Story collections[edit]

  • "The Occurrence of Things" (original title: Ashyaa’ Tahdoth), Tangier, 2004.
  • "Postponed Suicide" (original title: Intihaar Marga’), Literary Tangier, 2006.

Awards[edit]

  • He was ranked first in the "Creative Poetry" contest (original title: Musabaqat Al-Ibdaa Al-Shi’ri) for his poem, "Al-Mutanabbi’s Suicide in Al-Hallaj’s Ashes" (original title: Intihar Al-Mutanabbi fi Rimad Al-Hallaj). The contest was organized by the Officer's Club in Larache, in 2002.
  • He was ranked third in a poetry contest for his poem "The Songs of Muhammad Al-Durrah" (original title: Aghani Muhammad Al-Durrah). The contest was organized by Union of Moroccan Writers in Tangier, in 2003.
  • He was awarded "Tangier, The Poetess" prize, in recognition to his poem "Al-Hallaj’s Breakdown" (original title: Inkisarat Al-Hallaj), in which he came first place in 2004.
  • He was wins the Ismail Fahd Ismail Prize for his short novel "By Night In Tangier" (original title: Layl Tanja) in 2019.


Others articles of the Topics Biography AND Morocco : Hajar Graigaa

Others articles of the Topic Biography : David William Thomas, Frederick Cushing Cross Jr., [[:Bob Reese|Bobby Lynn "Bob" Reese]], José L. Rivera, Douglas W. Gillette, Irene M. Zoppi, Ari Mannis

Others articles of the Topic Novels : Killing Time in St. Cloud, The Sublimed, Orbital (The Culture), Cimmeria (Conan), Embankment machine (The War of the Worlds), Rasputin (Card novel), Private India

Others articles of the Topic Morocco : Vue sur la baie de Tanger, Hanane Thamik, Ahmed Ziad, Hajar Graigaa, Esav Marrakech, The value of culture, traditions, and historical monuments in Moroccan growth and development, 2005–06 Moroccan Throne Cup

References[edit]

  1. mlynxqualey (2019-11-30). "Mohammed Said Hjiouij Wins Inaugural Ismail Fahd Ismail Prize". ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  2. "Morocco: ABC Blogging Book Available Online · Global Voices". Global Voices. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  3. "ABC Blogging 2". Scribd. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  4. "הגיבור בעל אלף הפרצופים - פרק מתוך: קפקא בטנג'יר - cf_author". פרויקט הסיפור הקצר (in עברית). 2020-10-11. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  5. "فاطمة واياو - متاهات الذات الإنسانية في انتحار مرجأ". الحوار المتمدن. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  6. "جائزة "طنجة الشاعرة" مناصفة بين المغربي محمد بشكار والمصرية زهرة يسري زكي". 2012-02-19. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  7. "تأسيس المركز المغربي للتقنيات الحديثة | تقنيين عرب". 2018-02-11. Archived from the original on 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  8. "كافكا يُبعث في طنجة". Hespress - هسبريس جريدة إلكترونية مغربية (in العربية). 2020-07-05. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  9. ""العين" تصدر رواية "ليل طنجة" الفائزة بجائزة إسماعيل فهد إسماعيل". جريدة الدستور. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  10. "رواية "أحجية إدمون عَمران المالح": تاريخ اليهود المغاربة وزيف الجوائز الأدبية | سعيد المرابط". القدس العربي. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-01-05.


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