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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to aswabi Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life. An academic department, however, is a site that brings together individuals from a variety of national and cultural backgrounds. 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.

Books by Alaa Al Aswany. 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.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Salah left I loved this book! Like what you read? Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program.

I am finding it less than sincere. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. Fady Aswanu rated it liked it Oct 04, It’s aswanj explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained for.


Shayma a rural girl at her 30’s yet unmarried pursue an intimate relationship with Tariq.

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Mara rated qswani it was amazing Jan 29, Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in Almost from the start both male and female characters are shown masturbating, watching pornography, or indulging in carnal dreams.

The novel is about a group of Alza who are doing their postgraduate studies in University of Illinois at Chicagothey face many obstacles during their stay in Chicago. Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. 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.

It has been translated into English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Greek fhicago Dutch, and was adapted into a film and a television series of the same name. Lists with This Book. One storyline cnicago in which an expatriate heart surgeon is asked to return to Egypt to save the life of a patient, who just happens to be the man who failed him at medical college solely on political grounds – is especially colourful.

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Still, despite there being considerable complaints about the current situation in Egypt, the political activism is rather limited and quaint — a signed protest they want to deliver to the president is about as challenging as it gets. 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.

Ed King reviews Chicago. 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.


A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Danana is the most compelling character in the book – a thug and a bully in the tradition of Chicago mobsters like Al Capone, someone who stands out from the swarming cast whose desperate, transforming lives Al Aswany depicts with wit, passion and moral ardour.

There are also several break-ups here, and sex — often of the forced, or at least coerced variety — plays a role in some of them as well. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Danana stands in contrast to an appealing mathematician, Nagi Abd al-Samad, who reveals himself wonderfully in his journal, as when he writes: About Alaa Al Aswany.

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Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Aswany does not shy away from sex. This is a shrewdly conceived novel: