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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Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems. Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified. Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place.
Fatima Hasan rated it liked it Aug 18, 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.
Al Aswany, a committed pluralist, sets his novels in locations where diverse individuals face the task of living together without ripping out each others’ throats. Get Banipal on iTunes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One storyline – in which an expatriate heart surgeon is asked to return to Egypt to save the life of a patient, who just happens to be the man who failed him at medical college solely on political grounds – is especially colourful. noveel
Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of chidago, freedom, and personal integrity. Articles with topics of unclear notability from May All articles with topics of unclear notability Book articles with aswaani of unclear notability Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Articles with multiple maintenance issues Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Arabic-language text.
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.
Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers.
I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended to me by a trusted reader not on this site Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when a, came to sexual and political matters. I loved this book! 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 xl the clothes he had brought to America from Egypt 30 years before: Salah left I loved this book!
Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11, To juggle around so many characters, and to make their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes all with only fitful success. Shaymaa, a bright year-old single Egyptian student suffering from cultural shock and identity crisis since moving onto the university campus from the provincial Egyptian town of Tanta, becomes romantically involved with Tariq shortly after her arrival in Chicago. Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U.
In fact, it is the government toady and informant, Ahmad Asswani, 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 fun ideas as far machinations go.
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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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. 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.
Her story is told with special poignancy. In the mix of characters living in the building one found, for instance, an extravagant playboy, a gay intellectual, and a devout Islamic fundamentalist.
Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany
Raffat Thabet hates Arab culture and loves America however chiacgo leaning to his backward Egyptian views as his daughter Sarah moves out with her boyfriend. Monday 31 December It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight.
Nagi, whose sympathetically portrayed combination of radical politics and literary dreams must surely be close to Al Aswany’s heart; Shaymaa, a high-achieving but sexually gauche student with whom the incorrigibly bumptious general’s son Tariq has fallen in love; Danana, president of the Egyptian Student Union in America, and in the pay of his country’s secret police, who wields his power with obnoxious swagger and has managed to bag himself a wife from an affluent family.
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.