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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Magdalena added it Oct 15, It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained for. There is also Dr Muhammad Salah, who has adapted fairly well to life in the United States, although he pines for a lost love in Egypt; indeed, he yearns for Egypt itself. His histology student, Nagi Abd al-Samad, really wants to be a poet. The city saw tragedy again with the fire chicgoand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere.

Chicago: A Novel: Alaa Al Aswany: : Books

The novel is about a group of Egyptians who are doing their postgraduate studies in University of Illinois at Chicagothey face many obstacles during their stay in Chicago. A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything from the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally had hoped to pursue and the expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.


Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, Like what you read?

This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat While Danana views the event as an unmissable career opportunity, Nagi sees it as a chance to bring his cause to the world’s attention. Return to Book Page. Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun.

Between two worlds

The focus on women’s pleasure, seen most clearly in a long ode to the political value of using a vibrator, challenges the authority of a patriarch such as Danana, who not only distorts the Koran the more cruelly to lord it over his wife, but is willing to pimp her out to an Egyptian state torturer. The soap-opera plot includes one doctor losing his daughter to drug addiction, but everywhere sex is one of the big problems including in that case, where, of course, it was the bohemian artist-boyfriend that introduced the lass to hard drugs.

I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U. Chicago, his eagerly awaited second novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own.

He offers vivid histories for these various conflicts, beginning with the Algonquins who lived as farmers in Chicago until settlers arrived in the late seventeenth-century and massacred them in the name of God: Stefanie Sobelle writes about contemporary fiction for Words Without Borders, Bookforum, and a variety of other publications.

Having read the Yacoubian Building, I was interest in this new book and I think that it is good to read “Chicago”. Shopbop Designer Fashion Aswant.

Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia’s notability guideline for books. Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Get to Know Us. Hermione Laake is currently reading it Nov 21, Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters.


Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany – Telegraph

In The Ql Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt. Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. One of the characters works for Egyptian intelligence, essentially spying on Egyptian Ex-pats in the Chicago area.

Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, I can provide proof of that from jurisprudence. Despite this, Chicago is a much less comfortable read.

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