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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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Judyta marked it as to-read Mar 30, Their storylines are connected through the Department of Histology at the University of Illinois, and histology—the microscopic study of cross-sections of biological tissues—offers a azwani analogy for Al Aswany’s narrative technique: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany

Against a blistering backdrop of sex, money, politics, and passion, students and teachers alike struggle with crises of identity, freedom, and personal integrity. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Professor Graham is married to a younger black woman and their relationship is a moving target for intolerance. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Her story is told with special poignancy.

Raffat Thabet hates Arab culture and loves America however starts leaning to his backward Ap views as his daughter Sarah moves out with her boyfriend. No trivia or quizzes yet. The colleagues, professors, and students in unforeseeable Chicago don’t know that their lives will intersect for the better unexpectedly.

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Almost from the start both male and female characters are shown masturbating, watching pornography, or indulging in carnal dreams.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, Also it described the Aaswani as reactionary due to the Wahhabi influence on Egypt.

About Alaa Al Alsa. Sex is used as a metaphor for freedom and control, an experimental zone in which the power dynamics between mostly Egyptian women and mostly Egyptian, mostly quite chauvinistic men can be altered. I loved this book! I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book.

Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Akaa his new novel, Chicago: 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.

Refresh and try again. University of Illinois professors on decides which Egyptians to admit into the histology phd department however bicker as there are two Egyptian professors on the predominantly white board. The novel is about the conflict between politics, sex and money. 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.

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Chicago isn’t a very good chicagl, but there’s enough to it — and too few others like it from that region — to make it worthwhile. Alaa Al Aswany is definitely, defiantly, a storyteller. There are some nice zingers against current Egyptian conditions, including: Mara rated it it was amazing Jan 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mihaela rated it really liked it Jul 08, And it’s even worse than that: Kari marked it as to-read Dec 29, The multiplicity of those stories is very much to the vhicago Please help to establish notability by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention.


Ultimately, Chicago is a truly brave work, and its translation offers Americans a provocative, vital perspective on the U. A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. Juventino is currently reading it Oct 23, 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 aswanj characters.

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 fitful success. His remarkable gift for narrative momentum sustains Chicago.

See 1 question about chicago…. It’s an explosive mix, with some end up with more than they bargained for.

Marvelly rated ao liked it Nov 11, Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January Sara Mazzoni marked it as to-read Jun 28, Ed King reviews Chicago.