Fathia al-Assal


Fathia al-Assal
(1933- ), ( فتحية العسال) Egyptian playwright born in Cairo. She audited classes at the Screenplay Institute. From 1957 to 1967 she wrote for radio. Since 1967 she has written television dramas.

She is a board member of the Egyptian Women Writers' Union and a member of the Union of Filmmakers, the Cairo Atelier, the Writers' Union, the Filmmakers' Syndicate, the Actors' Syndicate, the Union of Progressive Women, and the Committee to Defend National Culture.

She is a member of the secretariat of the al-Tajammu' Party and the secretary of the party's writers' and artists' bureau. She was awarded a prize at the Lahore Conference in 1978 and a theater prize from the College of Liberal Arts at Alexandria University.

She also received a prize from Arab Television for the drama, "Hiya wa-I-mustahil" (She and the Impossible). Her plays have been translated into Russian, French, and Finnish, and she has written many works for radio and television.

Although her play was published in 1997 as Jawaz safar, it was first staged as al-Basbur.

(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • Nisa' bila aqni'a (Women Without Masks, play). Cairo: Dar al-Thaqafa a1-Jadida, 1981.
  • al-Bayn bayn (It Passes, play). Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1989.
  • Sijn al-nisa' (The Women's Prison, play). Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1993.
  • Jawaz safar (passport, play). Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1997.

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