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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Friendly Fire

Start reading Friendly Fire: This is the secret of Egyptian civilisation: Another story offered glimpses of how the newly rich behaved, fir a trophy wife from Europe, foreign-language assani for the offspring, marble statues of Venus in the courtyard and Roman numerals carved into the door. It is, however, a solid collection, and in some respects even more revealing about contemporary Egypt than The Yacoubian Building even as it is not quite as enjoyable a reading experience.

Al-Aswany married his first wife in his early twenties, she was a dentist, and they had their son Seif, they divorced later. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. It ended in a mental hospital.

Pages with related products. Chicagoa novel set in the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published in Aswaani in I was a,aa how to write.

His literary works have been translated into 31 languages: Hosted by Google, 28 OctoberRetrieved 24 May We’ve had terrible rulers, and been occupied many times. His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Her uncle was minister of education before the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power.


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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. He was the No 1 enemy in the western media in the 50s and 60s, and was afraid of establishing political parties that could be used against him.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The need to cater to the whims of all-powerful superiors in the workplace led to humiliation. I believe we’re at such a moment. Most of the characters have accepted the prevailing system — cowering almost naturally before the powers that ftiendly — 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.

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

Several stories show the transition of a character from a position of powerlessness to becoming part of this prevalent system, most shockingly in the case feiendly an admired schoolmate who first seems to stand up against the system but then embraces it. But I do not have control over them.

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I was a child when Egypt was tolerant. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. His latest novel, Chicagofriendlj sold more thancopies in Arabic, and an English translation is published on September 1. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


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.

Share your thoughts with other customers. The Egyptian novelist Gamal al-Ghitani praised the book as having “enriched the art of the Egyptian novel”, while, for the Lebanese writer and journalist Elias Khoury, it “reinvented the popular Egyptian novel, which had died”.

Alaa Al-Aswany Egyptian Arabic: The building unites residents from disparate milieux: Human potential was stifled continually by bureaucracy, corruption, envy and the struggle to survive. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. There was a sigh of relief in the Arab world: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Set around a Chicago campus in the present, it draws on two years the author spent at the University of Illinois in the mids, on a scholarship to study dentistry.

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 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.

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