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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He wrote a weekly literary critique entitled “parenthetic phrase” in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Sha’aband then became responsible for the culture page in the same newspaper. Our people have tremendous abilities.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The complete review ‘s Review:. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat I feel a commitment towards these young people, who don’t really have an education. I keep my own voice. Aswanu came to this after reading the author’s Yacoubian Buildingwhich impressed as a window into the lives and values of contemporary Egyptians in Cairo.

The contrast was strong between past hope — before — and present disappointment. I must keep loyal to them, or I’ll lose everything.

Friendly Fire by Alaa Al Aswany. Eman Taymoor present [1]. This book was published in Arabic in and in English in Domestic violence in a bourgeois Egyptian household gets out of hand in When the Glass Shatters; Dearest Sister Makarim mocks the formalities and traditions that hinder real communication between the sexes in modern Muslim culture.


Yet Al Aswany remains optimistic. Aswami for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. 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.

Mai Nada Seif [2] [3]. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. But if you block your contact with the street, you’re in trouble.

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A more modest creation, it at least offered some humor against all the darkness. 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.

Get to Know Us. 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.

He made one last push. Her uncle was minister of education before the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power.


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You don’t have the allaa or concentration to rebel. Isam’s hobbies include denouncing the stupid tribal loyalty of his compatriots, humiliating his defeated cartoon-drawing father, sleeping with frisndly mother’s maid and infuriating his co-workers by blatantly sipping coffee during Ramadan. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Chicago was first a hit serial in Al-Dustour. 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, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

There are 60, Egyptians detained without charge – many are in prison for more than 10 years – and torture is a daily practice. Maybe this novella, the opening work, was intended partly as a summary of the themes touched on in many of the stories that followed. The novella took up just under half of the book.