viene da chiedersi leggendo la sibillina conclusione dell'articolo di Gabriele Romagnoli, su 'Repubblica' di oggi Una giornalista australiana ha svelato che la vicenda era falsa
Norma Khouri sosteneva di aver narrato la morte di un' amica
Una giornalista australiana ha svelato che la vicenda era falsa
Bestseller choc sulle donne arabe
Ma si scopre che è solo una truffa
di GABRIELE ROMAGNOLI
Quando l'inchiesta giornalistica è finita, la sua biografia è risultata la seguente: Norma Khouri è emigrata dalla Giordania agli Stati Uniti all'età di tre anni, insieme con la madre. Ha vissuto a Chicago, dove ha sposato un tal John Tolioupoulos, ricercato dall'Fbi per truffe immobiliari ed è svanita dal territorio americano nel 1999, per riapparire trionfalmente in Australia dove ha ricevuto asilo politico. Ora il suo romanzo è stato ritirato dalle librerie. E noi restiamo a girarne le pagine con sentimenti contrastanti.
Il primo è l'irritazione. C'è modo e modo di barare con i lettori e i media. Quando, dopo aver elencato una serie impressionante e truculenta di delitti d'onore scrive "quello di Dalia non ha avuto una riga sui giornali" accusa giustamente il cinismo della stampa (che di storie così ne racconta una l'anno, poi si stanca), ma ehi, questo era l'unico caso di cui proprio non si poteva avere e dare notizia. E tutto passi, ma non la dedica finale "a Dalia, che mi ha fatto piangere e sarà sempre parte della mia esistenza".
Il secondo sentimento è il disagio. La storia è fasulla, d'accordo, ma ha il pregio di aver fatto conoscere a migliaia di persone la condizione delle donne in Giordania e al loro movimento sono devoluti parte dei diritti (così afferma la copertina, sperando non sia un'altra bufala). La domanda che dobbiamo farci è: avrebbe ottenuto la stessa attenzione se fosse stata presentata come fiction? La risposta sincera è no, perché l'Occidente non chiede buona letteratura araba, ma autobiografie truculente condite da fatwa su autori perseguitati.
(6 agosto 2004)
L'Occidente non chiede ... buona letteratura araba... o non chiede letteratura buona araba ????
Andiamo un po' più a fondo nella vicenda...
Author Norma Khouri to provide evidence of her life in Jordan
The World Today - Thursday, 5 August , 2004 12:34:00
Reporter: Tanya Nolan
EDMOND ROY: The lawyer representing the controversial author, Norma Khouri, says she's compiled crucial evidence to prove she did live in Jordan between 1973 and 2000.
It's been nearly two weeks since an Australian journalist alleged that Ms Khouri grew up in the United States, casting doubt on the authenticity of her best-selling non-fiction novel Forbidden Love, which talks about the honour killing of her best friend Dalia.
Her Australian publisher Random House says it's increasingly concerned about Ms Khouri's silence and hasn't heard from her in the past nine days.
But her Brisbane-based lawyer Peter Black, who spoke to Ms Khouri late last week, has been telling Tanya Nolan that the author has not given a firm date on when or where she will publicly reveal her evidence.
PETER BLACK: Well, she told me that it would be within days, so I suspect that it would be this week, although depending upon her progress in obtaining her documentation, that could change.
TANYA NOLAN: And you say that she's been offered media deals to tell her story here in Australia. Has she said whether she will accept any of them?
PETER BLACK: No, she has not, no. It's clear that this is a worldwide bestseller, and her response to the Herald's allegations might not necessarily be centred in Australia, of course.
TANYA NOLAN: So you can't tell us where she is at the moment, and whether she will make public her evidence in that location?
PETER BLACK: I'm not instructed to advise where she's located, no.
TANYA NOLAN: You said earlier this week that Ms Khouri is sure that the book will be back on the shelf as soon as the evidence is produced. If so, if she is so sure of the story's authenticity, why wouldn't she come out and defend herself sooner?
PETER BLACK: Well, I suspect that she wants to have documentation which proves her story, as opposed to simply making a statement out of her own mouth. I suppose the documentations are concrete proof of where she was at relevant times. She has told me that she has evidence to prove that she was in Jordan between 1973 and 2000, for example.
TANYA NOLAN: Okay, so that's a critical piece of evidence. Is that the only piece of evidence she has to support that particular claim?
PETER BLACK: Well, I think there's more to come.
TANYA NOLAN: Well, the longer that she stays silent it appears there would be more allegations made against her. We heard late last week the claims that the FBI had been investigating her for alleged fraud. Will it be difficult for her to clear her name now?
PETER BLACK: Well, of course. I mean, if the damage can stick, I suppose. So, yes, it will be difficult for her to clear her name, and no doubt when she is able to prove that her story is true, then she will no doubt examine her… any recourse that she may have at that time.
TANYA NOLAN: What sort of recourse are you talking about?
PETER BLACK: Well, certainly, initially we spoke about bringing some sort of proceedings to seek recompense for any damage to her reputation, however that was very early on in the piece, and really at the moment she's focussed purely and simply on getting together the information and the documentation to refute the allegations that have been made.
TANYA NOLAN: But there is a possibility she could sue for defamation?
PETER BLACK: Well, it's always a possibility, but let's wait and see what comes to light.
EDMOND ROY: Norma Khouri's lawyer, Peter Black, speaking there with Tanya Nolan.
On Tuesday 28/01/2003
Feature Interview: Norma Khouri
Norma Khouri is a young and courageous woman from Jordan who fled her country in fear for her life - she wasn't running away from public officials or a crime she committed - instead she was running from her own family.
Norma's Khouri's best friend was killed by her father for secretly meeting with a man - an act punishable be death in Jordan. She was just twenty six years old and a virgin.
After her friend's death, Norma could no longer fit into a family who justified what's known as honour killings - so she fled to seek a refuge in another country.
Norma Khouri has turned her amazing story into a book titled, 'Forbidden Love'.
© 2004 ABC