Jan 2, The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. 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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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The House of the Spirits: 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.

Still, despite there being considerable complaints about the current situation in Egypt, the political activism is rather limited and quaint — a signed protest they want to deliver to the president is about as challenging as it gets.

Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. Then there are the students: Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt. A literary triumph and tour de force. Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Chicago isn’t a very good book, but there’s enough to it — and too few others like it from that region — to make it worthwhile.

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Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems. Instead, his novels, first The Yacoubian Building and now Chicagoteem with stories about rogues, idealists and monsters whose demons, aspirations and corruptions allow a social and political audit of modern Egypt. Alqa 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.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that between Nagi and a professor about chhicago 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.


A wonderful, very, very readable and extremely well written and well organized history of America and capitalism.

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This is a shrewdly conceived novel: A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Nagi Abd al-Samad, chhicago idealistic young mathematician, risks his budding scientific career and his beautiful American girlfriend by campaigning for democracy in Egypt.

Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America—a chidago, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender love, small dramas and big dreams, coexist. Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, Having read the Yacoubian Building, I was interest in this new book and I think that it is good to read “Chicago”.

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Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

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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. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. We always have extra time. 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 the 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.

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Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters. Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues.

His masterstroke in Chicago is to extract his characters from the comfort of their own cultures. As his new wife soon discovers, he has miserly and selfish tendencies. The city saw tragedy again with the fire ofand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere. If Mubarak allowed this intensely critical novel to be published in Egypt, it doesn’t surprise me that he lost his grip on power.

Chicago has the same operatic structure and broad canvas as The Yacoubian Building. Ra’fat Thabit, an Egyptian-American professor at the University of Illinois Medical School, has burrowed deep into American culture, but finds his identity threatened after his rebellious daughter falls under the sway of a shady boyfriend. It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight.

To juggle around so many characters, and to make their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes on with only fitful success. Pages with related products.