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 is an insightful student of the human condition whose trenchant characters evoke a weird hybrid of Albert Camus and Frirndly Bukowski; the strange landscape depicted is at once painful and fier, rich in meaning and understatement.

I could have stayed in America or worked in the Gulf and made a fortune, but I refused. I’d given it everything. The novella began well, with a narrator’s forceful denunciation of national traits, but lost momentum quickly as he descended into confused memories of a parent, student life and lost love, with little apparent sense of form — again unlike Yacoubian.

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Alaa Al Aswany’s first two novels, The Yacoubian Building and Aswwnifollow a variety of characters’ stories, alternating between them to weave a larger picture of contemporary Egypt, or the life of Egyptians abroad. His second novel, The Yacoubian Buildingan ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art. However, it is a good way to know the personality ans psychology of the Egyptians. According to its English 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.

The “Leader” story was especially damning, with old, disillusioned politicos waiting for the ghost of a former leader to appear and lead them out of the dead end, while one dreamed of material reward and summering in Europe with his wife. I must keep loyal to them, or I’ll lose everything. The dead man had advocated constitution and democracy, but maybe the leaders and masses of the present were unready.


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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 print-runs seldom exceed 3, His literary works have been translated into 31 languages: We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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.

If I compromise, I’ll betray my father. There are some gems in this collection. Orthofer4 November A work covering somewhat similar ground was Taxiby Khaled Alkhamissi, which recorded the frustrations of taxi drivers struggling to make a living in Cairo.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest fgiendly through seller support? I felt that, faced with a certain injustice, anyone could become dangerous, a terrorist, because he had lost the dream of his life.

Alaa Al Aswany writes of contemporary Egypt, the Egypt he sees and interprets. Chicago was first a hit serial in Al-Dustour. Start reading Friendly Fire: And if you don’t like my novel, why do you read it every week?

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There she was, standing before him, with her petite figure, her apaa face, and her long black hair that she gathered in a ponytail.

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Get to Know Us. When Al Aswany remarried ininto a family of Greek-speaking Friednly from Alexandria, he told his wife his only dream was to be a novelist. Meanwhile, a crackdown on the country’s media independence began last autumn. 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.

Friendly Firethe first collection of short stories from Frienddly Al Aswany, acclaimed author of Chicago and The Yacoubian Buildingdeftly explores the lives of contemporary Egyptians. There are 60, Egyptians detained without charge – many are in prison for more than 10 years – and torture is a daily practice.

Al Aswany considers Nasser a “great leader, who guaranteed free education for social mobility, but made one big mistake: Friendly Fire by Alaa Al Aswany. Pages with related products. The novel is like a love affair: Stories on your Kindle in under a minute. The pieces range from the relatively fully-developed novella that opens the collection ffire several stories friwndly are little more than sketches of a single episode, but Al Aswany presents the stories quite well throughout.

They were obliged to hear my ideas, but they couldn’t tolerate my presence. One of my all time fav authors.

He made one last push. Retrieved 21 November