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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There are also several break-ups here, and sex — often of the forced, or at least coerced variety — plays a role in some of them as well. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The author drew each zlaa with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun.
Egypt’s Years of Revolution”.
Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues. The soap-opera plot includes one doctor losing his daughter to drug addiction, but everywhere sex is one of the big problems including in that case, where, of course, it was the bohemian artist-boyfriend that introduced the lass to hard drugs.
If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Sep 10, He offers vivid histories for 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: I just don’t like the narrator voice The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money.
I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.
And it’s even worse than that: Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U. Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, He wrote a weekly literary critique entitled “parenthetic phrase” in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Sha’aband then became responsible for the culture page in the same newspaper. Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book.
The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything from the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally had hoped to pursue and the expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.
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About Alaa Al Aswany.
Chicago is his aswqny bestseller and has been followed by a collection of short stories called Friendly Fire. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Al Aswany was a student in Chicago in the eighties, and there are times when his descriptions are somewhat dated.
Views Read Edit View history. The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies. The students that are admitted and the professors on the board lives collide into each other in Chicago. 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.
Other forms of name: 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.
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Their storylines are connected through the Department of Histology at the University of Illinois, and histology—the microscopic study of cross-sections of biological tissues—offers a fitting analogy for Al Aswany’s narrative technique: Also, the author crams the many characters into the first part of the novel, giving every detail of their day-to-day lives, aswwny can confuse the reader. Retrieved 24 May Articles with topics of unclear notability from May All articles with topics of unclear notability Book articles with topics 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.
Vicki rated it liked it Qlaa 24, In fact, it is the government toady and informant, Ahmad Danana, the head of chicagk Egyptian Student Union in America, who is by far the most interesting character — in no small part because he is mainly occupied chicaho various machinations, instead of his studies, and Aswany isn’t particularly good on academic life but has fun ideas as far machinations go.
Al Aswany has a Dickensian sense of character, and one will not easily forget the ghastly Ahmad Danana, who runs the Egyptian Students’ Union in Chicago, where the book is set. Her story is told with special poignancy.
That being said, the author does lose his voice in a few scenes. Retrieved 21 November Retrieved 12 March Al-Aswany was deeply frustrated by this, as he rejected the chicabo of normalizing with Israeland accused the IPCRI and the translator of piracy and theft. Still, even asdany the writing as rough as it is, there’s an undeniable vigour here, and it is both readable and, in some ways, illuminating.
Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada.