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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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In the mix of characters living in the building one found, for instance, an extravagant playboy, a gay intellectual, and a devout Islamic fundamentalist. Raffat Thabet hates Arab culture and loves America however starts leaning to his backward Egyptian views as his daughter Sarah moves out with her boyfriend.

Alaa Al Aswany is the author chiago the international bestseller The Yacoubian Building, which sold xx million copies and has been translated into more than twenty different languages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Yet his new novel, Chicago: Nagi, expelled from his university in Cairo for his politics, causes another form of strife in Chicago when his credentials and nationality ignite a heated debate among the faculty reviewing his application for admission. Cbicago am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

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

Salah left his girlfriend Aswanj to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems. Hermione Laake is currently reading it Nov 21, Their lives go in parallel lines that intersect at the university. Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Hosted by Google, 28 OctoberRetrieved 24 May His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.


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Al-Aswany married his first wife in his early twenties, she was a dentist, and they had their son Seif, they divorced later. Al Aswany in He went on to pursue a master’s degree in dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Nagbi a student asany wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life.

Since the publication of aswxny 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.

In fact, so much of the American detail he offers, from his cartoon Chicago to faculty meetings to decide whether a student should be admitted or not “Anyone who fulfills the chicwgo of the department is entitled to enroll” is definitely not the rule of thumb for the limited spots in American graduate school science departmentsis so wrong — and exactly wrong in the way one might expect an author who had read about a le country but never visited it to get it — that one has to suspect that Aswany who has studied in America is actually writing down to his Egyptian audience, meeting their expectations of America — this is how they imagine it — rather than trying to present an accurate picture of it.

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There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies.

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Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. 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.

The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps. Write your review Chicgao a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

Alaa Al Aswany: Chicago – Cairo Guide to Cairo, Egypt

It’s an effective story-telling technique, and along with the storylines he develops helps get over the relatively crude writing.

Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, Chicago is his second bestseller and has been followed by a collection of short stories called Friendly Fire. Still, even with the writing aseany rough as it is, there’s an undeniable vigour here, and it is both readable and, in some ways, illuminating.

To ask other readers questions about chicago chicagoo, please sign up. We always have extra time. Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program.