Jan 2, The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. Chicago (Arabic: شيكاغو Shīkāgū) is a novel by Egyptian author Alaa-Al- Aswany. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in The locale. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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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. The Students are completely controlled by their colleague who is leading the Students’ Union Of Egyptians in United States, He is the Secretary General of the Youth Committee of the ruling party in Egypt and he is cooperating with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency to make sure of the loyalty of the students and to transfer information about immigrant Copts.

Lists with This Book. Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Chicago.

The complete review ‘s Review:. In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt. He writes, in the style of a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the wretched fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues.

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A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry.


No trivia or quizzes yet. He is the only first-person narrator in the novel and therefore takes on roles of author and activist, mirroring the multitasking of Al Aswany, who is himself also a practicing dentist in Cairo.

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Thank you for your feedback. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Al Aswany’s strength, and the quality that has won him such a chicaho fan base Chicago has already soldcopies in its original Arabicis his lovingly detailed characterisation. Egypt’s “president” and his “National Party,” are never named directly in the novel, but his impending arrival in Chicago catapults a series wlaa events that directly and indirectly brings about the tragic downfall of the novel’s characters, and the U.

Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance.

The characters are beautifully realized—Ra’fat’s family trouble is especially well done—and though their cumulative effect is muted, each of the story lines is individually compelling.

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Nagi, expelled from his university in Cairo for his politics, causes another form of strife in Chicago when his credentials and nationality ignite a heated debate among the faculty reviewing his application for admission.

Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, Stefanie Sobelle writes about contemporary fiction for Words Without Borders, Bookforum, and a variety of other publications. Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here.

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A wonderful, very, very readable and extremely well written and well organized history of America and capitalism.

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In both novels, Al Aswany illustrates that the cruelties of domesticity marital infidelities, self-destructive children are inextricable from the brutalities of larger political forces—domestic and international. There are writers and there are storytellers. Particularly aswant 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.

Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that aswamy Nagi and a professor about whether the present-day persecution of Christian Copts is motivated by religious or by political concerns, are so passionate and interesting that his pedagogic inclinations don’t grate. Other forms of name: Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. While Awsany views the event as an unmissable career opportunity, Nagi sees it as a chance to bring his cause to the world’s attention.

More from the web. Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy zl from one of Egypts bestselling writers. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The novel could do with a cast list.