Friendly Fire, the first collection of short stories from Alaa Al Aswany, acclaimed author of Chicago and The Yacoubian Building, deftly explores the lives o. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Friendly Fire by Alaa Al Aswany. Friendly Fire. Alaa al Aswany, Author, Humphrey Davies, Translator. Harper Perennial $ (p) ISBN

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As a dentist for 6, cement factory workers in southern Cairo, Al Aswany grasped at the “opportunity to keep contact with a world I’d never see elsewhere”. The old pictures were appearing in his mind with amazing clarity. Retrieved 3 January Merit also published Friendly Firea selection of his earlier work, to be published in the UK next year.

Though there has been persecution of homosexuals, “there’s a big difference between the culture and the regime”, he says. His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Yet the much greater scale and reach of his novels, and his free-wheeling mix of stories in them is a great part of their appeal, and while the stories collected in Friendly Fire are well firre, the sum of them does not have nearly the power of, especially, a novel such aswahy The Yacoubian Building.

Cairo calling

What were once luxury apartments in the colonial quarter have seen the flight of the rich since the 70s, and an influx of rooftop squatters from the countryside. Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art.


There’s a category of Arabic poetry about homosexual feelings. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. For Al Aswany, who “waited 20 years to be read”, his sales are a “reward from readers.

The first edition of The Yacoubian Building sold out within four weeks, and the novel became the Arab world’s No 1 bestseller for five successive years, selling more thancopies in a region where print-runs seldom exceed 3, And if you don’t like my novel, why do you read it every week?

Retrieved 12 March Set around a Chicago campus in the present, it draws on two years the author spent at the University of Illinois in the mids, on a scholarship to study dentistry.

Alaa Al Aswany – Wikipedia

Al-Aswany was born on 26 May I try to create characters who, at a given moment, become independent and decide things for themselves. Eman Taymoor present [1]. Trying to meet all your book preview fir review needs. Chicago was first a hit serial in Al-Dustour. But rather than be published abroad, in Lebanon, Al Aswany held out, since imported books are easier to ban.

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According to Davies, “The stink of sour grapes is all over the Arab world about Alaa’s success. There are, he believes, “two related struggles cire Egypt: But the moment Egyptians believe compromise is no longer working, they revolt. Egypt’s Years of Revolution”.


In contrast, in Friendly Firewhich includes one nearly hundred-page long novella as well as sixteen stories, the focus in each piece is very narrowly and almost constantly on an individual often the narrator. Friendly Fire – UK.

Barred from the premiere of Hamed’s film of his book at the insistence of the government, whose high-ups were there, he says: Chicagoa novel set in the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published in English in Literature is the opposite, it’s a friejdly individual vision of life.

But without democratic rule, even if you’re not corrupt, you lose your vision.

Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Inspired by a real art-deco block in downtown Cairo where the author had his first dental clinic, The Yacoubian Building is set at the time of the Gulf war.

Her eyes were gleaming with enthusiasm as she talked to him in that dreamy voice of hers as if she were reciting a love poem. Then, he wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk.

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