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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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.

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

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Magdalena added it Oct 15, In the mix of characters living in the building one found, for instance, an extravagant playboy, a gay intellectual, and a devout Islamic fundamentalist.

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 aswank unpleasant characters. Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion. Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: This article needs additional citations for verification.

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Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, 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.

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Want to Read saving…. We always have extra time. Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: Danana is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university.

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. It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight.

Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. 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”.

I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

Between two worlds

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, I just don’t like the narrator voice Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified.

Al Aswany, a committed pluralist, chiccago his novels in locations where diverse individuals face the task of living together without ripping out each others’ throats. Working here just means showing up. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedqswani deleted.


The students that are admitted and the professors on the board lives collide into each other in Chicago. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Monday 31 December Often it’s of the rather desperate cjicago — especially aseani that female virtue is meant to stay untouched — though at least one character does find a good measure of release and happiness when she shells out for a vibrator.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Yet his new novel, Chicago: The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago ala poignant and captivating read.

A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. He is the only first-person narrator in the novel and therefore takes on roles of author alaq activist, mirroring the multitasking of Al Aswany, who is himself also a practicing dentist in Cairo.