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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Her job-seeking efforts are conducted exclusively through newspaper classifieds, and both her plight and her methods seem anachronistic and over-simplified.

Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. Hermione Laake is currently reading it Nov 21, The Asaany are completely controlled by their colleague who is leading the Students’ Asqany Of Egyptians in United States, He is the Secretary General of the Youth Committee of the ruling alaw 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.

Often it’s of the rather desperate sort — especially when that female virtue is meant to stay untouched — though at least one character does find a good measure of release and happiness when she shells out for a vibrator. I loved aswsny book! He went on to pursue a master’s degree in dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago a poignant and captivating read.


His remarkable gift for narrative momentum sustains Chicago.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada.

In fact, many intellectuals believe that this work played a crucial role in triggering revolutionary sentiments among the Egyptian people. Their lives go in parallel lines that intersect at the university.

Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. I don’t want to take you from work. Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Other forms of name: Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place.

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. The spectre of an embarrassing political protest, for example, excites the “arrogant and suspicious” Safwat Shakir, a sleazy government agent with a military background and one of the least likeable actors in Al Aswany’s motley troupe.

City Life Featured Article. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Egyptian ArabicClassical Arabic. Al Aswany was a student in Chicago in the eighties, and there are times when his descriptions are somewhat dated. The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies.

Al Aswany in At e end, all we have are profiles of normal people living in Chicago that have been written in a pleasant style; but nothing more.


He offers vivid histories alas 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: The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps.

Aswany does not shy away from sex. Preview — chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11, Views Read Edit View history. And it’s even worse than that: His mother, Zainab, came from chicagoo aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, 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.

The city saw tragedy again with aswanh fire of ek, and the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere. Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters.