Alaa Al Aswany, a dentist and opposition journalist in Cairo, broke onto the literary scene in with “The Yacoubian Building,” a novel. 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. 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.

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Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. Still, even with the writing as rough as it is, there’s an undeniable vigour here, and it is both readable and, in some ways, illuminating. A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It has been translated into English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Greek and Dutch, and was adapted into a film and a television series of the same name. Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U. Books by Alaa Al Aswany.

Nagi, whose sympathetically portrayed combination of radical politics and literary dreams must surely be close to Al Aswany’s heart; Shaymaa, a high-achieving but sexually gauche student with whom the incorrigibly bumptious general’s son Tariq has fallen in love; Danana, president of the Egyptian Student Union in America, and in the pay of his country’s secret police, who wields his power with obnoxious swagger and has managed to bag himself a wife from an affluent family.

Among Al Aswany’s other memorable characters is Shaymaa Muhammadi, who is “over thirty, still unmarried because her position as instructor in the College of Medicine has greatly reduced her chances, since Eastern men usually prefer that their wives be less educated than they”.


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ao However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere. The colleagues, professors, and students in unforeseeable Chicago don’t know that their lives will intersect for the better unexpectedly. Danana stands in contrast to an appealing mathematician, Nagi Abd al-Samad, who reveals himself wonderfully in his journal, as when he writes: Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, alaw The novel could do with a cast list.

An impending visit by the president of Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good deal of subterfuge.

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Still, despite there being considerable complaints about the current situation in Egypt, the political activism is rather limited and quaint — a signed protest they want to deliver to the president is about as challenging as it gets. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged alsa.

Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers that be.

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Alaa Al Aswany is among the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz, his great predecessor, whose zswany is felt on every page.

Laaa these Egyptians abroad the novelist adds a small group of Americans, mostly professors in the department of histology. Then, he wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk. To juggle around so many characters, and to make their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes on with only fitful success.

I am finding it less than sincere. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun.


Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11, But Chicago is written for an Egyptian audience first, and any inconsistencies that consequently arise do not detract from its author’s empathy for even his most unpleasant characters. Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

We always have extra time. I just don’t like the narrator voice Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

About Alaa Al Aswany. The city saw tragedy again with the fire ofand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere.

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.

Al-Aswany was deeply frustrated by this, as he rejected the idea of normalizing with Israeland alwa the IPCRI and the translator of piracy and theft. Raffat Thabet hates Arab chlcago and loves America however starts leaning to his backward Egyptian views as his daughter Sarah moves out with her boyfriend.

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