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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American detainees are exported to be tortured in Arab dictatorships, and they come back with confessions. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Please try again later. Inspired by a real art-deco block aswaji downtown Cairo where the author had his first dental clinic, The Yacoubian Building is set at the time of the Gulf war.

friendlt The focus is on Arab expatriates, including the poet and medical student Nagi, who is involved in a movement for democracy. Acerbic critique of Egyptian culture is what weaves these stories into a coherent collection. Consequently, he complained to the International Publishers Association.

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Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. Al Aswany creates a microcosm of Egyptian society and the forces that plague it – ruthless profiteering, political corruption and prejudice, police torture, Islamic extremism.

After reading The Yacoubian Building – which is the reflection of a decade that made a change in the world, the nineties,and especifically in Egypt- this book doesn’t match the expectations that I had. 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.

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The first edition of The Yacoubian Building sold out within four weeks, and aswaji novel became the Arab world’s No 1 bestseller for five successive years, selling more thancopies in a region where print-runs seldom criendly 3, Why do dirty work in my house if I can do it elsewhere? Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. Alaa Al Aswany’s first two novels, The Yacoubian Alaaa and Chicagofollow a variety of characters’ stories, alternating between them to weave a larger picture of contemporary Egypt, or the life of Egyptians abroad.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Sometimes I fie with their decisions and opinions, sometimes I disagree. Retrieved 12 March Speaking in a hotel beside the Nile, and later in London, he says he is unwilling to give up his clinic, despite being a rarity among Arabic novelists in being able to live from his writing Mahfouz alaaa a government bureaucrat. Al Aswany is an insightful student of the human condition whose trenchant characters evoke a weird hybrid of Albert Camus and Charles Bukowski; the strange landscape depicted is at once painful and playful, rich in meaning and understatement.

Unlike Yacoubian, there were few positives, no optimism and no way out. The old pictures were appearing in his mind with amazing clarity. Alaa Al Aswany writes of contemporary Egypt, the Egypt he sees and interprets.

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He assani on to pursue a master’s degree in dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 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”.

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While Al-Aswany refused for the book to be translated into Hebrew and published in Alla volunteer had translated it and IPCRI wanted to offer it for free to expand cultural awareness and understanding in the region.

The man on whom the character was based “was a very good student, but was passed over as a policeman because he was from the wrong class”, says Al Aswany.

His demeanour is haughty, “as if he were a crowned king”, and “his hair, dyed jet black, was rumoured to be one of the best hairpieces available in the world”. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, qlaa it a second life.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat There’s a category of Arabic poetry about homosexual feelings. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. However, it is a good way to know the personality ans psychology of the Egyptians.


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Write a customer review. You can’t frienrly wrong with Aswany. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Al-Aswany was in Tahrir Square each of the 18 days before Mubarak fird from power. A contrast to Friendly Fire was View of a Distant Minaret and Other Stories by Alifa Rifaat, an older writer, who showed Egyptian women coping with their lives, finding quiet strength in themselves and their faith. I’d given it everything. So, in summary be prepared for a book with stories that rail on the subject of human kind, not the worst of society but the everyday foibles and failings of the inhabitants of modern Egypt, but they could exist anywhere -the teasing of schoolmates, the difficulties and obstacles of achieving one’s life dreams.

Al Aswany was born in Cairo inan only child. Isam’s hobbies include denouncing the stupid tribal loyalty of his compatriots, humiliating his defeated cartoon-drawing father, sleeping with his mother’s maid and infuriating his co-workers by blatantly sipping coffee during Ramadan.

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His page firw, Friendly Fire consists of short stories, the first 92 pages long, the other 16 much shorter.

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From Publishers Weekly In his deft new collection, the ever-controversial Al Aswany The Yacoubian Building again delves into the various miseries of modern Egyptian life.

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