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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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 the incorrigibly bumptious general’s son Tariq apaa 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.
Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. The complete review ‘s Review:. The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps.
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 Yet his new novel, Chicago: Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry.
And it’s even worse than that: Her story is xlaa with special poignancy.
Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany – Telegraph
This isn’t a novel designed for postcolonial theorists; it’s a rickety but surprisingly forceful engine for social change. Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity.
Retrieved from ” https: There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: An impending visit by the president of Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good deal of subterfuge.
There is also Dr Muhammad Salah, who has adapted fairly well to life in the United States, although he pines for a lost love in Egypt; indeed, he yearns for Egypt itself. There are profound, often chilling, moments of self-realisation along the way, as when the unhappy Dr Salah descends one morning into the basement of his house and uncovers an old suitcase that contains the clothes he had brought to America from Egypt 30 years before: I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.
It may not reach the heights of The Yacoubian Building, but it reveals a gifted novelist in mid-flight. The Students are completely controlled by their colleague who is leading the Students’ Union Of Egyptians in United States, He is the Secretary General of the Youth Committee of the ruling party in Egypt and he is cooperating with the Egyptian Intelligence Agency to make sure of the loyalty of the students and to transfer information about immigrant Copts.
Salah left I loved this book!
Al Aswany, a committed pluralist, sets his novels in locations where diverse individuals face the task of living together without ripping out each others’ throats. Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that between Nagi and a professor about whether the cchicago persecution of Christian Copts is motivated by religious or by political concerns, are so passionate and interesting that his pedagogic inclinations don’t grate.
Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Stefanie Sobelle writes about contemporary fiction for Words Without Borders, Bookforum, and a variety of other publications. Alaa Al Aswany is among the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz, his great predecessor, whose influence is felt on every page. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between Nagi and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a aswaani target for intolerance.
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Aswany spins a decent story, most of the way, and he spins and juggles quite a few here. 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.
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Amanda Hasan marked it as to-read Jul 01, Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Often it’s of the rather desperate sort — especially when that female virtue is meant to stay untouched — though at least a character does find a good measure of release and happiness when she shells out for a vibrator.
I am finding it less than sincere.