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

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Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

It was an apartment block in downtown Cairo in The Yacoubian Building; in Chicago, it’s the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Centre, where the author studied dentistry in the Eighties. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

Want to Read saving…. Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Want to know which Banipal issue an author is in?

Want to research authors from a particular Arab country? Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, The colleagues, professors, and students in unforeseeable Chicago don’t know that their lives will intersect for the better unexpectedly. Danana is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university. Working here just means showing up. Al Aswany seems to see the novelist’s role as being close to that of a schoolteacher.


Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Alwa are writers and there are storytellers. Retrieved from ” https: Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt.

Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany

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.

But Chicago is written for an Egyptian audience first, and any inconsistencies that consequently arise do not detract zl its author’s empathy for even his most unpleasant characters.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This article needs additional citations for verification. There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance.

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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. Published in Noel in and in an English translation in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. His remarkable gift for narrative momentum sustains Chicago. Open Preview See a Problem?


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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 chicabo 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.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. Born inAlaa al-Aswany is a dentist and writer who has written prolifically for Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics and social issues.

I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.