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Friendly Fire

(2008)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Alaa Al Aswany has won resounding critical acclaim for his deft and moving portrayals of the lives of contemporary Egyptians who constantly examine their relationship with Egypt's history, religion, class, and gender distinctions. In Friendly Fire he once again demonstrates an extraordinary empathy for lost and searching souls as he focuses on the exquisite emotions of everyday life.

In "The Kitchen Boy" and "Dearest Sister Makarim," Al Aswany explores the hypocrisy of the class divide. The brief and tender "Izzat Amin Iskandar" is a heartrending view of youthful hope. And in the unforgettable novella "The Isam Abd el-Ati Papers," the narrator carries us along a troubling journey through his painful relationships with his artist father and his self-centered mother, en route to a devastating collision of temptation and morality.

Here are stories of generational conflict, love, repression, and the clash of Western and Arab ideals, all beautifully rendered by a true modern master.

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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today's Egypt
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 1-906697-00-0 / 978-1-906697-00-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arabia Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

February 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friendly Fire
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-731451-5 / 978-0-00-731451-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Friendly Fire: Stories
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 0-06-176663-1 / 978-0-06-176663-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friendly Fire
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
ISBN: 0-00-730600-8 / 978-0-00-730600-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Friendly Fire
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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August 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Friendly Fire: Stories
Author(s): Alaa Al Aswany
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA