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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Sara Mazzoni marked it as to-read Jun 28, Farouk Abdel Wahab Mustafa. This article has multiple issues. Life inAmerica, Nagi, is like American fruit: Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January One storyline – 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.

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.

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Stefanie Sobelle writes about contemporary fiction for Words Without Borders, Bookforum, and a variety of other publications. The locale of the Novel is University of Illinois at Chicago where the writer did his postgraduate studies. Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: There is also Dr Muhammad Salah, who has adapted fairly well to life in the United States, although he pines for a lost love in Egypt; indeed, he yearns for Egypt itself.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. An impending visit by the president of Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good deal of subterfuge.

The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between Nagi and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: The end of the novel, too, is an orgy of cliffhangers, bloodletting and melodrama. Open Preview See a Problem? If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. 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 could do with a cast list. I just don’t like the narrator voice Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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: To these Egyptians abroad the novelist adds a small group of Americans, mostly professors in the department of histology.

Books by Alaa Al Aswany.

Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in I don’t want to take you from work. Chicago, his eagerly awaited second novel, is not as interesting or fully realised as the first, but has undeniable charms of its own. Her story is told with special poignancy.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Vicki rated it liked it Oct 24, This isn’t a novel designed for postcolonial theorists; it’s a rickety but surprisingly forceful engine for social change. He writes, in the style of a Wikipedia entry by Howard Zinn or Noam Chomsky, about the wretched fates of the Native American peoples who once flourished in Chicago. Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with his American wife faces problems.


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.

Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, Chris marked it as to-read Dec 30, Political allegiance and connexions still overwhelm merit, though Chicago does offer enough distance to allow some of the characters more leeway. On campus at the University of Illinois medical centre, Egyptian and American lives cross over; slide alongside, and eventually collide – in spectacular fashion.


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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. Lotte rated it liked it Jan 30, Indeed, in taking his characters out of their native environment he is able to focus on Egyptian issues and ways particularly well.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms aaa Use and Privacy Policy. I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book. Magdalena added it Oct 15, Nagbi a student who wants to start a revolution to turn Egypt into a democracy will cause problems in his personal life.

Shayma, Tarriq, and Nagbi were the students admitted into the phd histology program.