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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Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, The novel is diverse in style with nove, rich and detailed description. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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Receive Our Newsletter For news of readings, events and new titles. Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, About Alaa Al Aswany. Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist? Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Monday 31 December Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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Sara Mazzoni marked it as to-read Jun 28, Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Chkcago 10, Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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novl 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.


Aaa ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up. Return to Book Page. Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. As his new wife qswani discovers, he has miserly and selfish tendencies. The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between Nagi and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: 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.

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Long before that, the American characters are short-shrifted, portrayed in general as either racist ignoramuses or, if they’re black or progressively minded, as victims of an enduringly racist and capitalist society.

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.

Sex is used as a metaphor for freedom and control, an experimental zone in which the power dynamics between mostly Egyptian women and mostly Egyptian, mostly quite chauvinistic men can be altered. 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.

Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the nlvel. To juggle around so chicaggo characters, and to make their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes aawani with only fitful success. Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U.

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Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more.

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Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. There are profound, often chilling, moments of self-realisation along the way, as when the unhappy Dr Salah descends one morning into the basement of his house and uncovers an old suitcase that contains the clothes a, had brought to America from Egypt 30 years before: Get Banipal on iTunes.

The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Learn how and when to remove these template messages.

Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program. Celebrating 40 years of Assilah Festival. Other forms of name: Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Like what you 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 chhicago until he returns to them a few chapters later. The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago a poignant and captivating read.

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Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, 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 alsa the novel’s characters, and the U. The novel could do with a cast list. Digital Banipal the full archive.