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Chicago

(2008)
A novel by

 
The author of the highly-acclaimed The Yacoubian Building returns with a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in Chicago with a cast of American and Arab characters achingly human in their desires and needs.

Egyptian and American lives collide on a college campus in post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound in this extraordinary and eagerly anticipated new novel from Alaa al Aswany. Among the players are a sixties-style antiestablishment professor whose relationship with a younger African American woman becomes a moving target for intolerance; a veiled PhD candidate whose conviction in the principles of her traditional upbringing is shaken by her exposure to American society; an émigré whose fervent desire to embrace his American identity is tested when he is faced with the issue of his daughter's "honor"; an Egyptian informant who spouts religious doctrines while hankering after money and power; and a dissident student poet who comes to America to finance his literary aspirations, but whose experience in Chicago turns out to be more than he bargained for.

Populated by a cast of intriguing, true-to-life characters, Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America--a complex, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender love, small dramas and big dreams coexist. Beautifully rendered, Chicago is a powerfully engrossing novel of culture and individuality from one of the most original voices in contemporary world literature.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Chicago: A Novel
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 0-06-145256-4 / 978-0-06-145256-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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January 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: Chicago
Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-728518-3 / 978-0-00-728518-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2008 : Hardback
Title: Chicago: A Modern Arabic Novel
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 9774161106 / 978-9774161100
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Paperback Editions

2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Chicago
Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-728624-4 / 978-0-00-728624-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Chicago: A Novel
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 0-06-145258-0 / 978-0-06-145258-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Chicago
Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-728639-2 / 978-0-00-728639-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: Chicago
Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-730395-5 / 978-0-00-730395-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Chicago
Author(s): Alaa al Aswany
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Chicago: A Novel
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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