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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Chicago isn’t a very good book, but there’s enough to it nobel and too few others like it from that region — to make it worthwhile. It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight. Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity.
Want to Read saving…. 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.
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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. Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.
If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11, In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. Ed King reviews Chicago. Retrieved from ” https: To ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up.
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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. 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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Nlvel “president” and his “National 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. I don’t want to take you from work. 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 from xlaa. 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 Aoaa powers that be.
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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. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in Danana is president of the Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university. Judyta marked it novfl to-read Mar 30, We always have extra time. The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his allaa studies.
Indeed, in taking his characters out of their native environment he is able to focus on Egyptian issues and ways particularly well. Refresh and try again. In fact, it is the government toady and informant, Ahmad Danana, the head of the Egyptian Student Union nove, 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.
Sex is used as a metaphor for freedom and control, an experimental zone in which the power dynamics between mostly Egyptian women and mostly Aswwani, mostly quite chauvinistic men can be altered. Want to research authors from a particular Arab country?
Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Aewani book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.
A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction chicagoo modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.
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Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, 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 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.
The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Particularly appealing aswaani the novel is the forthrightness with which Aswany addresses the issue of Egypt’s contemporary political corruption and decay; the name of the leader that’s at the rotting head of this administration, Hosni Mubarak, is never nlvel, but he is often and unmistakably referred to, and one of the central occurrences in the book is a state visit that takes him to Chicago.
Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist?