Chicago: A Modern Arabic Novel (Hardback)
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Chicago: A Modern Arabic Novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 01/01/2008
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Sex, 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.

Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9789774161100
Number of pages: 272
Edition: [Brief and Revised ed.

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“Chicago”

Another great book from Alaa Al-Aswani - similar to the Yacoubian Building in that there are many characters and plots, this book is just as fun and fascinating...

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“A wake up call”

Chicago effectively exposes the brutality of the late Egyptian regime and serves as a political cry out for justice. The Egyptian president, who visits the U.S. in the novel, resembles the resigned president Hosni... More

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