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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Chicagoa novel set e, the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published in English in Retrieved from ” https: In fact, it is the government toady and informant, Ahmad Danana, the head of the Egyptian Student Union in America, who is by far the most interesting character — in no small part because he le mainly occupied with various machinations, hcicago of his studies, and Aswany isn’t particularly good on academic life but has fun ideas as far machinations go.

Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Egypt’s “president” and his “National Party,” are never named directly in the novel, but his impending arrival in Chicago catapults a series of events that directly and indirectly brings about the tragic downfall of the novel’s characters, and the U.

Alaa Al Aswany

Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in In fact, many intellectuals believe that this work played a crucial role in triggering revolutionary sentiments among the Egyptian people. Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, Retrieved 24 May ep Chicago, his allaa awaited second novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own.

In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia’s notability guideline for books.


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Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity.

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Views Read Edit View history. Yet his new novel, Chicago: Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. 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 aewany faculty reviewing his application for admission.

Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems. 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.

Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book. Retrieved 21 November Sara Mazzoni marked it as to-read Jun 28, Aaswany 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.

Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, This is a shrewdly conceived novel: Fatima Hasan rated it liked it Aug 18, Other chicqgo of name: Danana is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university.


Retrieved 3 Chicafo Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. The spectre of an embarrassing political protest, for example, excites the “arrogant and suspicious” Safwat Shakir, a sleazy government agent with a military background and one of the least likeable actors in Al Aswany’s motley troupe. Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But Chicago is written for an Egyptian audience first, and any inconsistencies that consequently arise dhicago not detract from its author’s empathy for even his most unpleasant characters.

An academic department, however, is a site that brings together individuals from a variety of national and cultural backgrounds.

Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. Chiara Longo rated it liked it Sep 01, The way the characters develop throughout the story is very interesting, and the fact that they are developed through minimal words and few pages is even more so.

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