Alaa Al Aswany, a dentist and opposition journalist in Cairo, broke onto the literary scene in with “The Yacoubian Building,” a novel. 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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When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

He writes, in the style of a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the wretched fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago. One storyline – in which an expatriate heart surgeon is asked to return to Egypt to save the life of a patient, who just happens to be the man who failed him at medical college nove on political grounds – is especially colourful.

This isn’t a novel designed for postcolonial theorists; it’s a chlcago but surprisingly forceful engine for social change.

Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained a.

A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.


There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in A laa Al Aswany, the Egyptian novelist, became famous overnight in the Arab world with the publication of his first novel, The Yacoubian Building, in 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.

Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified. Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Sep 10, There are writers and there are storytellers.

Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U. Aswany does not shy away from sex. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.

The novel was criticized by many Arab readers due to intensive description of the sexual life of nearly chicavo character.

Refresh and try again. He wrote a weekly literary critique entitled “parenthetic phrase” in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Sha’aband then became responsible for the culture page in the same newspaper.

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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.

Other forms of name: Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, 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 of the novel’s characters, and the U.

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

His remarkable gift for narrative momentum sustains Chicago.

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 aswxny central occurrences in the book is a state visit that takes him to Chicago.