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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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Consequently, he complained to the International Publishers Association. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight. Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified.

In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt. Mai Nada Seif [2] [3].

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Chicago, his eagerly awaited second novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable chjcago of its own.

And it’s even worse than that: Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, 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 chicgao characterized President Mubarek’s regime.

Retrieved 24 May Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Al Aswany in That compulsively readable book, which became a massive bestseller in Arabic, focused on a once grand but now decaying building in central Cairo; it was set during the Gulf war and offered a microcosm of Egyptian fhicago.


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

Danana stands in contrast to an appealing mathematician, Nagi Abd al-Samad, who reveals himself wonderfully in his journal, as aala he writes: Return to Book Page. Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: The novel is about a group of Egyptians who are doing their postgraduate studies in University of Illinois at Chicagothey face many obstacles during their stay in Chicago.

Kari marked it as to-read Dec 29, 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. Egyptian ArabicClassical Arabic.

This is a shrewdly conceived novel: To ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up. Juventino is currently reading it Oct 23, Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Danana is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university.

The novel was made into a blockbuster film instarring heavyweights Adel Imam and Omar Sharif. Magdalena added it Oct 15, 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 requirements 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 foreign 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.


Chicagoa novel set in the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published in English in His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. 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.

Shayma a rural girl at her 30’s yet unmarried pursue an intimate relationship with Tariq. There is also Dr Muhammad Salah, who has adapted fairly well to life in the United States, although he pines for a lost love in Egypt; indeed, he yearns for Egypt itself. He is the only first-person narrator in the novel and therefore takes on roles of author and activist, mirroring the multitasking of Al Aswany, who is himself also a practicing dentist in Cairo. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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

While Al-Aswany refused for the book to be translated into Hebrew and published in Israela volunteer had translated it and IPCRI wanted to offer it for free to expand cultural awareness and understanding in the region.

At the end, all we have are profiles of normal people living in Chicago that have been written in a pleasant style; but nothing more. Cairo University University of Illinois at Chicago.