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 way the characters develop throughout the story is very interesting, and the fact that they are developed through minimal words and few pages is even more so. Indeed, in taking chkcago characters out of their native environment he is able to focus on Egyptian issues and ways particularly well.

Retrieved from ” https: I haven’t read any criticism of it, and it was recommended to me by a trusted reader not ek this site Bella Yagolkovskaya marked it as to-read Dec 15, Is this an unreliable narrator as with The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U.

Refresh and try again. To these Egyptians abroad the novelist adds a small group of Americans, mostly professors in the department of histology. The novel is about a group of Egyptians who are doing their postgraduate studies in University of Illinois at Chicagothey xlaa many obstacles during their stay in Chicago.


Al Aswany has a regular column in Egyptian newspaper El Shourouk.

Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Also, the author crams the many characters into the first part of the novel, giving every detail of their day-to-day lives, which can confuse the adwany. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Al-Aswany was deeply frustrated by this, as he rejected the idea of normalizing with Israeland accused the IPCRI and the translator of piracy and theft. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and chicaog opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

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He went on to pursue a master’s degree in dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Retrieved 12 March Just chicayo moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The author drew each portrait with a bravado that was something new under the Middle Eastern sun.

Alaa Al Aswany: Chicago – Cairo Guide to Cairo, Egypt

About Alaa Al Aswany. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Chicago isn’t a very good book, but there’s enough to it — and too few others like it from that region — to make it worthwhile.

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We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. 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. 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.

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: He is the only first-person narrator in the novel and therefore takes on roles of author and activist, mirroring the multitasking of Al Aswany, who is himself also a practicing dentist in Cairo.