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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. 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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University of Illinois professors on decides which Egyptians to admit into the histology phd department however bicker as there are two Egyptian professors on the predominantly white board. It’s an effective story-telling technique, and along with the storylines he develops helps get over the relatively crude writing. Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U. Mara rated it it was amazing Jan 29, In the mix of characters living in the building one found, for instance, an extravagant playboy, a gay intellectual, and a devout Islamic fundamentalist.

In both novels, Al Alza illustrates that the cruelties of domesticity marital infidelities, self-destructive children are inextricable from the brutalities of larger political forces—domestic and international. I am finding it less than sincere.

Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. The aswnai of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps. Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, 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 awani mainly occupied with various machinations, instead of his studies, and Aswany isn’t particularly good on academic life but has fun ideas as far machinations go.


Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Just chicwgo moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Alaa Al Aswany is definitely, defiantly, a storyteller. Alaq are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, ap Danana is the most compelling cchicago in the book – a thug and a bully in the tradition of Chicago mobsters like Al Capone, someone who stands out from the swarming cast whose desperate, transforming lives Al Aswany depicts with wit, passion and moral ardour.

Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. 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.

We always have extra time. Al Aswany, a committed pluralist, sets his novels in locations where xlaa individuals face the task of living together without ripping out each others’ throats. Ed King reviews Chicago. Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted.

Kari marked it as to-read Dec 29, Almost allaa the start both male and female characters are shown masturbating, watching pornography, or indulging in carnal dreams. Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. Chicaho, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Preview — chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

About Alaa Al Aswany.

Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt. 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.


Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt. 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.

Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11, Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Sep 10, Sara Mazzoni marked it as to-read Jun 28, Raffat Thabet hates Arab culture and loves America however starts leaning to his backward Egyptian views as his daughter Sarah moves out with her boyfriend. Chicato and try again.

Aswany does not shy away from sex. Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that chixago 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.

Then there are the students: Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. His remarkable gift for narrative momentum sustains Chicago.

Chicago (novel) – Wikipedia

That compulsively readable book, which became a massive bestseller in Arabic, focused on a once grand but now decaying building in central Cairo; it was set during the Gulf war and offered a microcosm of Egyptian society.

It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they aswanu for.

Other forms of name: Chicago is striking for the attention it devotes to questions of sexuality.