Friendly Fire, the first collection of short stories from Alaa Al Aswany, acclaimed author of Chicago and The Yacoubian Building, deftly explores the lives o. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Friendly Fire by Alaa Al Aswany. Friendly Fire. Alaa al Aswany, Author, Humphrey Davies, Translator. Harper Perennial $ (p) ISBN

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Alaa Al Aswany

Retrieved 24 May Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art. I believe we’re at such a moment. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

The focus is on Arab expatriates, including the poet and medical student Nagi, who is involved in a movement for democracy. Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: Her uncle was minister of education before the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power.

Chicago was first a hit serial in Al-Dustour. Her eyes were gleaming with enthusiasm as she talked to him in that dreamy voice of hers as if she were reciting a love poem. His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of The old pictures were appearing in his mind with amazing clarity.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. It was made into a hit film in Arabic indirected by Marwan Hamed, and an Egyptian television serial last year.

This is the secret of Egyptian civilisation: According to its Friendlg translator, Humphrey Davies, who lives in Cairo, the novel “met a critical need for books to address sensitive issues in Egyptian society – political corruption and social oppression – head on. I feel a commitment towards these young people, who don’t really have an education.


A daring press called Merit – founded in and run by the writer and activist Mohamed Hashem – published The Yacoubian Building, before it was taken up by the largest commercial publishers in Egypt, Dar al-Shorouk. An exiled dissident is seized by the FBI on charges fabricated by Egyptian intelligence.

Al Aswany’s father, Abbas, was a “self-made man from the south”, a novelist and lawyer who won the state award for literature inand died when Alaa was What were once luxury apartments in the colonial quarter have seen the flight of the rich since the 70s, and an influx of rooftop squatters from the countryside.

But without democratic rule, even if you’re not corrupt, you lose your vision. An early novella, The Papers of Essam Abdel Aatyand two short story collections were “printed not published”.

As a dentist for 6, cement factory workers in southern Cairo, Al Aswany grasped at the “opportunity to keep contact with a world I’d never see elsewhere”. It exposes a pervasive system of patronage in which mediocrity rises and rebellion has grave costs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With friends, he paid for and distributed copies cire.

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According to Davies, “The stink of sour grapes is all over the Arab world about Alaa’s success. Mai Nada Seif [2] [3]. Even the rare hopeful ending is clearly delusional, as in ‘Waiting for the Leader’, where a follower of the Wafd a political party that was long outlawed has a vision of the dead party leader, Mustafa freindly, and follows the instructions he believes he has heard, to wait for the long dead man in front of the building that is the ‘symbolic home of the Wafd Party’.

The pieces range from the relatively fully-developed novella that opens the collection to several stories that are little more than sketches of a single episode, but Al Aswany presents the stories quite well throughout.


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However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere. Al-Aswany was born on 26 May Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. In fact, many intellectuals believe that this work played a crucial role in triggering revolutionary sentiments among the Egyptian people.

We’ve had terrible rulers, and been occupied many times. Why do dirty work in my house if I can do it elsewhere? Alaa Al Aswany’s first two novels, The Yacoubian Building and Chicagofollow a variety of characters’ stories, alternating between them to weave a larger picture of contemporary Egypt, or the life of Egyptians abroad. Some readers have been disappointed by a failure of nerve on the part of one of the rebels.

Friendly Fire

His latest novel, Chicagohas sold more thancopies in Arabic, and an English translation is published on September 1. Through characters such as Salah, an Egyptian intellectual in love with a Jewish-American woman, and Shaymaa, a veiled woman who questions the sexual constraints of her upbringing, the novel tackles issues such as extra-marital sex, abortion and antisemitism. There was a sigh of relief in the Arab world: For more than 10 years, you can say what you want, but the regime does what it wants.

The first edition of The Yacoubian Building sold out within four weeks, and the novel became the Arab world’s No 1 bestseller for five successive years, selling more thancopies in a region where print-runs seldom exceed 3,