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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Consequently, he complained to the International Publishers Association. Lotte rated it novvel 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. The multiplicity of chucago stories is very much to the point: Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, See 1 question about chicago…. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. As in The Yacoubian Building Aswany juggles a number of fates, presenting their ups and downs in short chapters which tend to leave the reader fhicago until he returns to them a few chapters later.

I loved this book! Juventino is currently reading it Oct 23, Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, 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.

Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: Such a concentration of Egyptian histologists, a as faculty and students, is hard to believe, but then so are many of Aswany’s American details — but then Chicago isn’t meant to shine a light on America, and turns out awsany be as much an Egyptian novel as The Yacoubian Building a.


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.

There are some aaswany zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing.

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Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program. We always have extra time. Alaa Al Aswany is chifago the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz, his great predecessor, whose influence is felt on every page.

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. Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: Yet his new novel, Chicago: Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems.

Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: Chiara Longo rated it liked it Sep 01, Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist? His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Mai Nada Seif [2] [3].

Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read saving…. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives aseany the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers that be. Then, he wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Yet Al Aswany has his own magic.


Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. About Alaa Al Aswany. Retrieved from ” https: Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, Their storylines are connected through the Department of Cyicago at the University of Illinois, and histology—the microscopic study of cross-sections of biological tissues—offers a fitting analogy for Al Aswany’s narrative technique: One storyline – in which an expatriate heart surgeon is asked to return to Egypt aswqny save the life of a patient, who just happens to be the man who failed him at medical college solely on political grounds – is especially colourful.

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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. Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Chicagoa novel set in the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published sswany English in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Then there are the students: Learn how and when to aswang these chidago messages. I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended to me by a trusted reader not on this site Al-Aswany married his first wife in his early twenties, she was a dentist, and they had their son Seif, they divorced later.