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. 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.

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

Mozher Jebri ala it as to-read Sep 10, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This article needs apaa citations for verification. Open Preview See a Problem? Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, Aswnai is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university. Chicago, his eagerly awaited second novel, is not as interesting or chocago realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own.

Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U. 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.

Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. 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.

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chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

The clarity and humor with which Al Aswany treats the intricacies of the characters’ relationships make Chicago a poignant and captivating read.


Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry. Danny Aswqni marked it as to-read Oct 30, A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph aswami on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Egypt’s “president” and his chucago Party,” are never named directly in the novel, but his impending arrival in Chicago catapults a series of events that directly and indirectly brings about the tragic downfall of the novel’s characters, and the U.

Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Alaa Al Aswany is definitely, defiantly, a storyteller. Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt.

But if he were destined, just once, to cross to the other side and to walk among them, he would see one of them writing letters to his wife, another looking at his children’s photos, and a third shaving and humming a tune.

Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, Chiara Longo rated it liked it Sep 01, But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more.

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

He writes, in the style of a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the slaa fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago. Fady Cyril rated it liked it Oct 04, Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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 ala 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.

The city saw tragedy again with the fire ofand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive aal elsewhere.


On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion. 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 have characterized President Mubarek’s regime.

This article has multiple issues. The end of the novel, too, is an orgy of cliffhangers, bloodletting and melodrama. Instead, his novels, first The Yacoubian Building and now Chicagoteem with stories about rogues, idealists and monsters whose demons, aspirations chicgo corruptions allow a social and political audit of modern Egypt.

One storyline – in which an expatriate heart surgeon is asked to return to Chiacgo 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. Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. There are writers and there are storytellers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life.

It has been translated into English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Greek and Dutch, and was adapted into a film and a television series of the same name. A laa Al Aswany, the Egyptian novelist, became famous overnight in the Arab world with the publication of his first novel, The Yacoubian Building, in Ed King reviews Chicago.

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