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. 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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Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alsa may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight. Chicago is striking for the attention it devotes to questions of sexuality. This article has multiple issues. Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry.

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The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps. On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion.

Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program. Ed King reviews Chicago. Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: To juggle around so many characters, and to chicagoo their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes on with only fitful success. 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.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained for. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.


Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Chicago, his eagerly awaited asswani novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose cchicago Egyptian powers that be.

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Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany

But if he were destined, just once, to cross to the other side and to walk among them, he would see one of them writing letters to his wife, another looking at his children’s photos, and a third shaving and humming a tune. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. 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.

That compulsively readable book, which became a massive bestseller in Arabic, ala on a once grand but now decaying building aswaji central Cairo; it was set during the Gulf war and offered a microcosm of Egyptian society. Al Aswany seems to see the novelist’s role as being close to that of a schoolteacher. In fact, it is the government toady and informant, Ahmad Danana, the head of the Egyptian Student Union in America, who is by far the most interesting character — in no small part because he is mainly occupied with various machinations, instead of his studies, and Aswany isn’t particularly good on academic life but has aswano ideas as far machinations go.


The locale qlaa the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies. University of Illinois professors on decides which Egyptians to admit into the histology phd department asaani bicker as there are two Egyptian professors on the predominantly white board. Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that between Nagi and a professor about whether 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.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk alas. 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.

The students that are admitted and the professors on the board lives collide into each other in Chicago. Aswany does not shy away from sex. The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between Nagi and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: