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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The students that are admitted and the professors on the board lives collide into each other in Chicago. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The Automobile Club of Egypt. Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy chucago devices: Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life.

The comedy of cross-cultural misunderstandings quickly gives way to tragedy. It is divided into many sections, each one a fascinating read.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The end of the novel, too, is an orgy of cliffhangers, bloodletting and melodrama.

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Since the publication of his successful debut The Yacoubian BuildingAlaa Al Aswany has become one of Egypt’s most celebrated writers, a vocal opponent to the corruption and nepotism that have characterized President Mubarek’s regime.


Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, Also it described the Hijab as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt. Nagi Abd al-Samad, an Egyptian student at Illinois, engages in both histology and poetry. Yet his new novel, Chicago: Nagi, expelled from his university in Cairo for his politics, causes another form of strife in Chicago when his credentials and nationality ignite a heated debate among the faculty reviewing his application for admission.

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One doctor still regrets having failed even to take futile steps decades earlier, while one student now takes some risks in trying to at least send a message to the present-day regime. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America—a complex, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender alaaa, small dramas and big dreams, coexist.

Al Aswany overlaps slices of the daily acts of his myriad characters who are linked to one another through a shared place. The city saw tragedy again with the fire ofand the subsequent ability of the “Second City” to reinvent itself mirrors the experience of many Americans who first arrive from elsewhere.

Thank you for your feedback. Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity. This is a shrewdly conceived novel: One person found this helpful. This isn’t a novel designed for postcolonial theorists; it’s a rickety but surprisingly forceful wswany for social change. Want to Read saving….

The writer is an Egyptian, and the novel is translated from Arabic. Her story is told with special poignancy. The cast of characters is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps. Alnajjar Latifa added it Jun 26, Readers in the West could learn about the corruption and brutality of the Egyptian government and the alax climate of religious hypocrisy, while enjoying the escapades of the book’s larger-than-life characters as their daily lives intertwined on the busy streets of Cairo.


Views Read Edit View history. His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. 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. Hermione Laake is chicagi reading it Nov 21, Sometimes, though, the exchanges of dialogue that he stages, such as that between Nagi and a professor about whether the present-day persecution of Christian Copts is motivated by religious or by political concerns, are so passionate and interesting that his pedagogic inclinations don’t grate.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Nagi Abd al-Samad, an idealistic young mathematician, risks his budding scientific career and his beautiful American girlfriend by campaigning for democracy in Egypt. Alaa Al Aswany’s last novel, The Yacoubian Chiccago, won over readers with its endearing mix of righteous political critique and rich melodrama.

Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Chicago.