Alaa Al Aswany, a dentist and opposition journalist in Cairo, broke onto the literary scene in with “The Yacoubian Building,” a novel. 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. 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.

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Retrieved from ” https: On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion. In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The students that are admitted and the professors on the board lives collide into each other in Chicago.

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But Chicago is written for an Egyptian audience first, and any inconsistencies that consequently arise do not detract from its author’s empathy for even his most unpleasant characters. Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian nvel, including: To ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up. Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Ed King reviews Chicago. I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems.

Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, Horses of God film and book. Al Aswany wrote aswan a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters. Mara rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book.


Want to aswabi which Banipal issue an author is in? Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist? Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified.

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Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

As his new wife soon discovers, he has miserly and selfish tendencies. This isn’t a novel designed for postcolonial theorists; it’s a rickety but surprisingly forceful engine for social change. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry. This article needs additional citations for verification. Aswany does not shy away from sex.

Jan 03, Okidoki rated it it was ok. 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.

It was an apartment block in downtown Cairo in The Yacoubian Building; in Chicago, it’s the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Centre, where the author studied dentistry in the Eighties.

The soap-opera plot includes one doctor losing his daughter to drug addiction, but everywhere sex is one of the big problems including in that case, where, of course, it was the bohemian artist-boyfriend that introduced the lass to hard drugs.

Indeed, in taking his characters out of their native environment he is able to focus on Egyptian issues and ways particularly well. 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 the Egyptian powers that be. 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.


Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I don’t want to take you from work. Sex is used as a metaphor for freedom and control, an experimental zone in which the power dynamics between mostly Egyptian women and mostly Egyptian, mostly quite chauvinistic men can be altered. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Vicki rated it liked it Oct 24, Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U.

Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance. Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Return to Book Page.

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 Building was. Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Magdalena added it Oct 15, The Students are completely controlled by their colleague who is leading the Students’ Union Of Egyptians in United States, He is the Secretary General of the Youth Committee of the ruling party in Egypt and he is cooperating with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency to make sure of the loyalty of the students and to transfer information about immigrant Copts.

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