A Modern Arabic Novel
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Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany
Book DescriptionSex, money, and politics are the driving forces of society in this new novel from bestselling author Alaa Al Aswany.A medley of Egyptian and American lives collides on the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Center in a post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound. Among the players are an atheistic anti-establishment American professor of the sixties generation, whose relationship with a younger African-American woman becomes a moving target for intolerance; a veiled Ph.D. candidate whose conviction in the code of her traditional upbringing is shaken by her exposure to American society; an emigre who has fervently embraced his new American identity, but who cannot escape his Egyptian roots when faced with the issue of his daughter's 'honor'; an Egyptian State Security informant who spouts religious doctrines while hankering after money and power; and a dissident student poet who comes to America with the sole aim of financing his literary aspirations, but whose experience in Chicago turns out to be more than he bargained for.This tightly plotted page-turner is set far from the downtown Cairo of Al Aswany's "The Yacoubian Building", but is no less unflinching an examination of contemporary Egyptian lives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774161100
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Alaa Al Aswany
Democracy is the Answer - Egypt's Years of Revolution, Hardback (January 2015)
Presents the authors columns from the period, a comprehensive account of the turmoil of the post-revolutionary years, and a portrait of a country and a people in flux. This book features columns, that are presented along with an introduction, notes and a glossary, all designed to give non-Egyptian readers the background they need to understand.
Friendly Fire, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Alaa Al Aswany
The new book from Alaa Al Aswany, author of the international bestseller 'The Yacoubian Building' and 'Chicago'.
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Author Biography - Alaa Al Aswany
Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist by profession, Al Aswany is the author of the bestselling novel The Yacoubian Building (AUC Press, 2004). Farouk Abdel Wahab is Ibn Rushd Professional Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago. His most recent translation is Khairy Shalaby's The Lodging House (AUC Press, 2006).
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