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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Al Aswany creates a microcosm of Egyptian society and the forces that plague it – ruthless profiteering, political corruption and prejudice, police torture, Islamic extremism.

For Al Friendl, who “waited 20 years to be read”, his sales are a “reward from readers. Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. Retrieved 3 January The consistent bleakness — not horrible misery, but simply a heavy sense that little in this particular world can be improved aswabi can be wearing. Hosted by Google, 28 OctoberRetrieved 24 May There was a sigh of relief in the Arab world: Each story is a tale of woe and wretched luck.

I see the novel as life on the page that is similar to our daily life, but more profound and more beautiful. His latest novel, Chicagohas sold more thancopies in Arabic, and an English translation is published on September 1.

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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. His stories are so realistic they bring me chills. It exposes a pervasive system of patronage in which mediocrity rises and rebellion has grave costs.


Another story offered glimpses of how the newly rich behaved, with a trophy wife from Europe, foreign-language education for the offspring, marble statues of Venus in the courtyard and Roman numerals carved into the door.

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Yet Al Aswany remains optimistic. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

Chicago was first a hit serial in Al-Dustour.

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Missing was writing from women’s points of view or a focus on the behavior of religious leaders — things that had been present in Yacoubian. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.

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English Choose a language for shopping. I came to this after reading the author’s Yacoubian Buildingwhich impressed as a window into the lives and values of contemporary Egyptians in Cairo.

Al-Aswany was born on 26 May Get to Know Us. 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 el-Nahhas, 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’.


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. Al Aswany’s writing is generally tighter and more consistent in these smaller, more concentrated efforts — perhaps because he doesn’t have to force bridges between episodes and takes the freedom to only write what needs be written.

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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 friendlu seldom exceed 3, Most of the characters have accepted the prevailing system — cowering almost naturally before the powers that be — and while Al Aswany describes a few attempts to challenge it, most ultimately fail against the deeply entrenched way things are; several stories end showing how the characters resign themselves to the way things are, in a number of different ways.

Her eyes were gleaming with enthusiasm as she talked to friebdly in that sl voice of hers as if she were reciting a love poem.

Egyptian FrienxlyClassical Arabic. 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. Eman Taymoor present [1].