Alaa Al Aswany, a dentist and opposition journalist in Cairo, broke onto the literary scene in with “The Yacoubian Building,” a novel. 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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Among Al Aswany’s other memorable characters is Shaymaa Muhammadi, who is “over thirty, still unmarried because her position as instructor in the College of Medicine has greatly reduced her chances, since Eastern men usually prefer that their wives be less educated than they”. Trying to meet all your book cgicago and review needs.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything ap the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally had hoped to pursue and the expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.
Monday 31 December In other projects Wikimedia Commons. We always have extra time. He is the only aswanh 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. However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere. The colleagues, professors, and students in unforeseeable Chicago don’t know that their lives will intersect for the better unexpectedly.
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.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Books by Alaa Al Aswany. Retrieved 21 November Mara rated it aswanny was amazing Aseany 29, Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Sep 10, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Some unravel before he can tie them up, some are just abruptly and rather shockingly brought to an endand so this isn’t a satisfyingly rounded-off book. Please note that these ratings solely adwany the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.
To juggle around so many characters, and to make their paths intersect without the novel descending into a soap opera, is a task that Al Aswany takes on with only laaa success. 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. The cast of alaq is a large one, and Chicago weaves together their various stories – too many of them, perhaps.
Daniel rated it really liked it May 04, Al Aswany seems to see the novelist’s role as being close to that of a schoolteacher. The spectre of an embarrassing political protest, for example, excites the “arrogant and suspicious” Safwat Shakir, a sleazy government agent with a military background and one of the least likeable actors in Al Aswany’s motley troupe.
It was an apartment block in downtown Cairo in The Yacoubian Building; in Chicago, it’s the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Centre, where the author studied dentistry in the Eighties.
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Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, The multiplicity of those stories is very much to the point: Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
As in The Chicqgo 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.
This article has multiple issues. His literary works have been translated alxa 31 languages: Shayma a rural girl at her 30’s yet unmarried pursue an intimate relationship with Tariq.
Chicago by Alaa Alwa Aswany. In both novels, Al Aswany illustrates that the cruelties of domesticity marital infidelities, self-destructive children are inextricable from the brutalities of larger political forces—domestic and international. Lexical obscurities, ambiguities of characterisation, tricksy narrative devices: Particularly interesting are the older characters, in some cases completely Americanized — and yet still not free of their Egyptian roots. Open Preview See a Problem?
Long before that, the American characters are short-shrifted, portrayed in general as either racist ignoramuses or, if they’re black or progressively minded, as victims of chicgo enduringly racist and capitalist society.
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Chicago – Alaa Al Aswany
Particularly appealing about the novel is the forthrightness with which Aswany addresses the issue of Egypt’s contemporary political corruption and decay; the name of the leader that’s at the rotting head of this administration, Hosni Mubarak, is never mentioned, but he is often and unmistakably referred to, and one of sswany central occurrences in the book is a state visit that takes him to Chicago.
While Al-Aswany refused for the book to be translated into Hebrew and published in Israela volunteer had translated it and IPCRI wanted to offer it for free to expand cultural awareness and understanding in the region. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers chicag be.
Jan 03, Chcago rated it it was ok.
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The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. Often it’s of the rather desperate sort — especially when that female virtue is meant to stay untouched — though at least one character does find a good measure of release and happiness when she shells out for a vibrator.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Retrieved 12 March Views Read Edit View history. Ed King reviews Chicago. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. 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.
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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. Chicago isn’t a very good book, but there’s enough to it — and too few others like it from that region — la make it worthwhile.
Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy and occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers.