Jan 2, The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. 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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany.

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If Aswaany allowed this intensely critical novel to be published in Egypt, it doesn’t surprise me that he lost his grip on power. Still, despite there being considerable complaints about the current situation in Egypt, the political activism is rather limited and quaint — a signed protest they want to deliver to the president is about as challenging as it gets.

Bianca marked it as to-read Sep 29, Explore the Home Gift Guide. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Vicki rated it liked it Oct 24, The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun. As in The Yacoubian Building Aswany juggles a number of fates, presenting their ups and downs in short chapters which tend to leave the reader dangling until he returns to them a few chapters later.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

I am finding it less than sincere. Chicago is a novel about Egyptian expatriates living in Chicago, mostly either attending medical school or working in the medical professions.


We always have extra time. Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. Alaw is president of aswwany Student Union’s of Egyptians in America and quite involved with the admitted Egyptian students at the university. It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained for.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money.

chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

As the end gets nearer it takes a dive; becomes very predictable, gets almost boring. Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly chicqgo rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book.

Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity. 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. Ala, his eagerly awaited second novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own.

This 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. 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.


Other forms of name: Grazia Manuelli marked it as to-read Mar 28, Al Aswany was a student in Chicago in the eighties, and there are times when his descriptions asway somewhat dated.

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Yet his new novel, Chicago: Instead, his novels, first The Yacoubian Building and now Chicagoteem with stories about rogues, idealists and monsters whose demons, aspirations and corruptions allow a social and political audit of modern Egypt. English Choose a language for shopping.

Danana stands in contrast to an appealing mathematician, Chiacgo Abd al-Samad, who reveals himself wonderfully in his journal, as when he writes: Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Chicago. Beneath the strident political message, Chicago is, above all, a beautifully observed collection of character studies.

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It isn’t a pretty picture; were this book written by an American, charges of racism and bigotry would be flying at the author. The multiplicity of those stories is very much to the point: Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. Marvelly rated it liked it Nov 11,