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A medley of Egyptian and American lives collides on the campus of University of Illinois Medical Center in a post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound. Among the players are an anti-establishment American professor of the sixties generation, whose relationship with a younger African-American woman becomes a moving target for intolerance.

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Chicago: A Modern Arabic Novel by Alaa Al Aswany

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.

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About 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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GOR010743631
Chicago: A Modern Arabic Novel by Alaa Al Aswany
Alaa Al Aswany
Used - Like New
Hardback
The American University in Cairo Press
2007-12-31
272
9774161106
9789774161100
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.