ahmed_btm posted:
Emad Ragheb posted:

Before you mentioned about him, I ………….. of that novelist.
(hadn’t ever heard-
haven’t ever heard) 

I think you mean: 'Before what you mentioned about him, I (hadn't / had never) ever heard of....... .'

I agree with your tense choice, Ahmed. "Mention" is normally a transitive verb. That seems to be the motivation for your revision to "Before what you mentioned about him." Webster's dictionary doesn't even list an intransitive usage. But I do recognize it, and it's fairly common among native speakers. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) devotes a fair amount of space to it. I'd describe this intransitive usage as normal but a bit informal.

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 2. intransitive. To make reference or allusion in passing. With about, †of.

840   F. Marryat Poor Jack xv. 105   Jack, don't you mention about this?
1925   Redbook May 164/2   I just mentioned about his meeting her and kissing her hand, and I kind of laughed and said Pappa was getting to be quite a sheik.
1990   R. Doyle Snapper (1993) 32   Did you mention about a job for Leslie to him?

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