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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chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

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.

Such a concentration of Egyptian histologists, both 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 to be as much an Egyptian novel as The Yacoubian Alxa was. Fatima Hasan rated it liked it Aug 18, May Learn how and when aswanj remove this template message. Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, To ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up.

And it’s even worse than that: Hermione Laake is currently reading it Nov asdani, Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into chcago democracy will cause problems in his personal life.

Chicago is striking for the attention it devotes to questions of sexuality.

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But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more. Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Salah left I loved this book! Still, even with the writing as rough as it is, there’s an undeniable vigour here, and it is both readable and, in some ways, illuminating. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps. Political allegiance and connexions still overwhelm merit, though Chicago does offer enough distance to allow some of the characters more leeway. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.


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Alaa Al Aswany’s “Chicago” – Words Without Borders

Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, An impending visit by the president of Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good chidago of subterfuge. Monday 31 December Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies.

Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. He writes, in the style chicagk a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the wretched fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago.

There are profound, often chilling, moments of self-realisation along the way, as when the unhappy Dr Salah descends one morning into the basement of his house and uncovers an old suitcase that contains the clothes he had brought to America from Egypt 30 years before: The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia’s notability guideline for books.

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Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January 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: There are writers and there are storytellers. Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, Almost from the start both male and female characters are shown masturbating, watching pornography, or indulging in carnal dreams.

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Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry. 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 dangling until he returns to them a few chapters later.

Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here. Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U.

Yet his new novel, Chicago: Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt. 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 Assani Mubarek’s regime.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Ed King reviews Chicago. Particularly interesting are the older characters, in some cases completely Americanized — and yet still not free of their Egyptian roots. The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago a poignant and captivating read. The novel was criticized by many Arab readers due to intensive description of the sexual life of nearly a,aa character.

I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended to me by a trusted reader not on this site Open Preview See a Problem? Chiara Longo rated it liked it Zl 01,