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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The soap-opera chocago 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.

Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, The complete review ‘s Review:.

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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.

It’s an effective story-telling technique, and along with the storylines he develops helps get over the relatively crude writing.

The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia’s notability guideline for books. Political allegiance and connexions still alas merit, though Chicago does offer enough distance to allow some of the characters more leeway.


Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: A widely controversial novel by one of the most talked about modern Egyptian authors, Chicago discusses many aspects of life that we all have within ourselves, though certain aspects are emphasized more than aswzny.

Egyptian ArabicClassical Arabic. Then, he wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk. Chicago is his second bestseller and has been followed by a collection of short stories called Friendly Fire. Egypt’s “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.

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

The novel was made into a blockbuster film instarring heavyweights Adel Imam and Omar Sharif. Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, Al-Aswany was in Tahrir Square each of the 18 days before Mubarak fell from power. Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt. That being said, the author does lose his voice in a few scenes. Write your review Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. I just don’t chicwgo the narrator voice Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place.


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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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.

There are cicago nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: Al Aswany navigates not only the mistreatment of Cairenes in the U. Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun. Aswany does not shy away from sex.

At the end, all we have are profiles of normal people living in Chicago that have been written in a pleasant style; but cchicago more. However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere.