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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One said he’d never accept that a veiled woman would have a relationship outside marriage.

Chicagoa novel set in the city in which the author was educatedwas published in January and his Automobile Club of Egypt was published in English in 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.

Our people have tremendous abilities. Orthofer4 November Barred from the premiere of Hamed’s film of his book at the insistence of the government, whose high-ups were there, he says: Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art. 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’.

His first wife, also a dentist, “didn’t understand me, though she’s still my friend. If we have democracy, Egypt will become a strong, advanced country in less than 10 years.


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Views Read Edit View history. This is the secret of Egyptian civilisation: Al Aswany was born in Cairo inan only child. I try to create characters who, at a given moment, aswaby independent and decide things for themselves.

I keep asany own voice. I was strongly against this. Yet the much greater scale and reach of his novels, and his free-wheeling mix of stories in them apaa a great part of their appeal, and while the stories collected in Friendly Fire are well done, the sum of them does not have nearly the power of, especially, a novel such as The Yacoubian Building.

According to Davies, “The stink of sour grapes is all over the Arab world about Alaa’s success.

Al-Aswany was deeply frustrated by this, as he rejected the idea of normalizing with Israeland accused the IPCRI and the translator of piracy and theft. I’d given it everything.

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The strength of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a fifth of seats in the people’s assembly, allows the government to pose as a bulwark against Islamism. Allaa 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”.

But if you block your contact with the street, you’re in trouble. Inspired by a real art-deco block in downtown Cairo where the author had his first dental clinic, The Yacoubian Building is set at the time of the Gulf war.

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Al Aswany in 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. Friendly Fire – US. The building unites residents from disparate milieux: Sometimes I agree with their decisions and opinions, sometimes I disagree.


Al Aswany considers Nasser a “great leader, who guaranteed free education for social mobility, but made one big mistake: I don’t see any. I felt that, faced with a certain injustice, anyone could become dangerous, a terrorist, because he had lost the dream of his life. In a new introduction to Friendly Fire, he takes his rejection by Gebo as a sign of the control exerted by state publishing.

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

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American detainees are exported to be aswanj in Arab dictatorships, and they come back with confessions. There was a sigh of relief in the Arab world: Yet Al Aswany remains optimistic. I was a child when Egypt was tolerant. They were obliged to hear my ideas, but they couldn’t tolerate my presence. Al Aswany’s father, Abbas, was a “self-made man from the south”, a firf and lawyer who won the state award for literature inand died when Alaa was To be fanatic is to categorise people, not to see the human being.