Chicago

Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany

General Fiction

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 PhD 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 'honour'; 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.

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General Fields

  • : 9780007286249
  • : 129
  • : 110326
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 6-Sep
  • : Paperback
  • : Alaa Al Aswany