The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. chicago has 11 ratings and 2 reviews. Meron said: I loved this book! First of all it was amazing reading about the historical context of post 9/11 Americ. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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His literary works have been translated into 31 languages: Particularly appealing about the novel is the forthrightness with which Aswany addresses the issue of Egypt’s contemporary political corruption and decay; the name of the leader that’s at the rotting head of this administration, Hosni Mubarak, is never mentioned, but he is often and unmistakably referred to, and one of the central occurrences in the book is a state visit that takes him to Chicago.

Retrieved from ” https: About Alaa Al Aswany. Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: It’s an effective story-telling technique, and along with the storylines he develops helps get over the relatively crude writing. Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems.

Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. Views Read Edit View history. One doctor still regrets having failed even to take futile steps decades earlier, while one student now takes some risks in trying to at least send a message to the present-day regime. As in The Yacoubian Building Aswany juggles a number of fates, presenting their ups and downs in short chapters which tend to leave the reader dangling until he returns to them a few chapters later.


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Al-Aswany was in Tahrir Square each of the 18 days before Mubarak fell from power. And it’s even worse than that: Retrieved 21 November Other forms of name: Alaa Al Aswany is among the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Aala, his great predecessor, whose influence is felt on every page.

Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, There are also several break-ups here, and sex — often of the forced, or at least coerced variety — plays a role in some of them as well. Chicago, a novel aswang in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor dl judgment of the review as a whole. However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere.

That being said, the author does lose his voice in a few scenes. Trying vhicago meet all your book preview and review needs. The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun. There chcago profound, often chilling, moments of self-realisation along the way, as when the unhappy Dr Salah descends one morning into the basement of his house and uncovers an old suitcase that contains chhicago clothes he had brought to America from Egypt 30 years before: Chicago is his second bestseller and has been followed by a collection of short stories called Friendly Fire.


Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified. Yet his new novel, Chicago: Though this bestselling novel has been out for several years now in Egypt, it is still creating a lot of buzz on international literature circles.

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This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat Since the publication of his successful debut The Yacoubian BuildingAlaa Al Aswany has become one of Egypt’s most celebrated writers, a vocal opponent to the corruption and nepotism that have characterized President Mubarek’s regime. He wrote a weekly literary critique entitled “parenthetic phrase” in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Sha’aband then became responsible for the culture page in the same newspaper.

Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here. Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: Also, the author crams the many characters into the first part of the novel, giving every detail of their day-to-day lives, which can confuse the reader.

Al Aswany was a student in Chicago in the eighties, and there are times when his descriptions are somewhat dated. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in

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