Friendly Fire, the first collection of short stories from Alaa Al Aswany, acclaimed author of Chicago and The Yacoubian Building, deftly explores the lives o. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Friendly Fire by Alaa Al Aswany. Friendly Fire. Alaa al Aswany, Author, Humphrey Davies, Translator. Harper Perennial $ (p) ISBN

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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 By using wlaa site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is the secret of Egyptian civilisation: I’d given it everything.

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Al-Aswany was deeply frustrated by this, as he rejected the idea of normalizing with Israeland accused the Fiendly and the translator of piracy and theft. And if you don’t like my novel, why do you read it every week? For Al Aswany, who “waited 20 years to be read”, his sales are a “reward from readers.

To be fanatic is to categorise people, not to see the human being. He was the No 1 enemy in the western media in the 50s and 60s, and was afraid of establishing political parties that could be used against him.

I was strongly against this. Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art. Several stories show the transition of a character from a position of powerlessness all becoming part of this prevalent system, most shockingly in the case of an admired schoolmate who first seems to stand up against the system but then embraces it.

Friendly Fire

Al Aswany’s father, Abbas, was a “self-made man from the south”, a novelist and lawyer who won the state award for literature inand died when Alaa was In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Orthofer4 November 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. If you’re young and don’t have hope, you’re pushed to be a criminal or a fanatic.


According to its English translator, Humphrey Davies, who lives in Cairo, the novel “met a critical need for books to address sensitive issues in Egyptian society – political corruption and social oppression – head on.

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A novel was accepted by a small, independent publishers in Cairo. His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of I was a child when Egypt was tolerant.

The stories in Friendly Fire are set in contemporary Egypt, and the characters are generally not very well off though few live in abject or desperate poverty.

If I compromise, I’ll betray my father. Consequently, he complained to the International Publishers Association.

Views Read Edit View history. Al Aswany in Frienfly novel is like a love affair: Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Al Aswany was born in Cairo inan only child. What’s happening to homosexuals is happening to all Egyptians. Sometimes I agree with their decisions and opinions, sometimes I disagree.

Alaa Alax Aswany’s first two novels, The Yacoubian Building and Chicagofollow a variety of characters’ stories, alternating between them to weave a larger picture of contemporary Egypt, or the life of Egyptians abroad.

His literary works have been translated into 31 languages: Literature is laaa opposite, it’s a very individual vision of life. However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere. American detainees vriendly exported to be tortured in Arab dictatorships, and they come back with confessions. The building unites residents from disparate milieux: What is essential in fiction is the writer’s ability to draw vivid and true characters.


There she was, standing before him, with her petite figure, her beautiful face, and her long black hair that she gathered in a ponytail. An exiled dissident is seized by the FBI on charges fabricated by Egyptian intelligence. The pieces range from the relatively fully-developed novella that opens the collection to several stories that are little more than sketches of a single episode, ap Al Aswany presents the stories quite well throughout. But if you block your contact with the street, ak in trouble.

You don’t have the time or concentration to rebel. But rather than be frie abroad, in Lebanon, Al Aswany held out, since imported books are easier to ban. It exposes a pervasive system of patronage in which mediocrity rises and rebellion has grave costs. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada.

It is, however, a solid collection, and in some respects even more revealing about contemporary Egypt than The Yacoubian Building even as it is not quite as enjoyable firr reading experience. I don’t see any. A practising dentist in Cairo, he had toiled at fiction for a decade but had been rejected on three occasions by the General Egyptian Book Organisation Gebothe powerful state-run publishers, the last time on his 41st birthday.

He made one last push.