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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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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.

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The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies. Shayma a rural girl at her 30’s yet unmarried pursue an intimate relationship with Tariq. Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Magdalena added it Oct chjcago, Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, A widely controversial novel by one of the most talked about modern Egyptian authors, Chicago discusses chcago aspects of life that we all have within ourselves, though certain aspects are emphasized more than others.

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Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life. See 1 question about chicago…. In both novels, Al Aswany illustrates that the cruelties of domesticity marital infidelities, self-destructive children are inextricable from the brutalities of larger political forces—domestic and international.

His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. He went on to e, a master’s degree in dentistry chicaho the University of Illinois at Chicago in The Students are completely controlled by their colleague who is leading the Students’ Union Of Egyptians in United States, He is the Aala 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.


The colleagues, professors, and students in unforeseeable Chicago don’t know that their lives will intersect for the better unexpectedly.

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. Books by Alaa Al Aswany.

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Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, While Al-Aswany refused for the book to be translated into Hebrew and published in Israela volunteer had translated it and IPCRI wanted to offer it for free to expand cultural awareness and understanding in the region.

Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Particularly appealing about the novel is the forthrightness with which Aswany addresses the issue of Egypt’s contemporary political corruption and decay; the name of the leader that’s at the rotting head of this administration, Hosni Mubarak, is never mentioned, but he is often and unmistakably referred to, and one of the central occurrences in the book is a state visit that takes him to Chicago.

Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. The novel was criticized by many Arab readers due to intensive description of the sexual life of nearly every character.

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

Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany

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Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago a poignant and captivating read. Aswany does not shy away from sex.

Fatima Hasan rated it liked it Aug 18, Kari marked it as to-read Dec 29, Salah left I loved this book! Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

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Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to aswnay endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book.

Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. The complete review ‘s Review:.

Political allegiance and connexions still overwhelm merit, though Chicago does offer enough distance to allow some of the characters more leeway. 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”.

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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. Retrieved 3 January