Chicago : A novel

November 1st, 2008 - 1:51 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  


Written by Alaa Al Aswany, an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya. Chicago, a novel set in the city in which the author was educated, was published in January 2007.

Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of the United States of America - a complex, often contradictory land in which the failures and trimuphs, also the opportunity and oppression, and the tender love, small dramas and big dreams, co-exist. Chicago is a powerful engrossed novel of culture and individuality from one of the most original voices in contemporary world literature.

Alaa Al Aswany’s second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East and also had been translated into English, French and Norwegian, and was adapted into a film (2006) and a television series (2007) of the same name.

His English Translations also includes

* Alaa al Aswany, Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo, Humprey Davies (translator), The American University in Cairo Press, 2008
* Alaa al Aswany, Chicago, Farouk Abdel Wahab (translator), The American University in Cairo Press, 2008
* Alaa al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building, HarperPerennial, 2007
* Alaa al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building, Fourth Estate, 2007
* Alaa al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building, Humprey Davies (translator, HarperPerennial, 2006
* Alaa al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building, Humprey Davies (translator), The American University in Cairo Press, 2004

Chicago Novel Cover

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