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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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Al-Aswany married his first wife in his early twenties, she was a dentist, and they had their son Seif, they divorced later. aswajy

Friendly Fire

When Al Aswany remarried in aswayn, into a family of Greek-speaking Egyptians from Alexandria, he told his wife his only dream was to be a novelist. His first wife, also a dentist, “didn’t understand me, though she’s still my friend.

A daring press called Merit – founded in and run by the writer and activist Mohamed Hashem – published The Yacoubian Building, before it was taken up by the largest commercial publishers in Egypt, Dar al-Shorouk.

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Through characters such as Salah, an Egyptian intellectual a,aa love with a Jewish-American woman, and Shaymaa, a veiled woman who questions aswxny sexual constraints of her upbringing, the novel tackles issues such as extra-marital sex, abortion and antisemitism.

In a new introduction to Friendly Fire, he takes his rejection by Gebo as a sign of the control exerted by state publishing. The focus is on Arab expatriates, including the poet and medical student Nagi, who is involved in a movement for democracy.

A practising dentist in Cairo, he had toiled at fiction for a decade but had been rejected on three occasions by the General Egyptian Book Organisation Gebothe powerful state-run publishers, the last time on his 41st birthday.

What were once luxury apartments in the colonial quarter have seen the flight of friendpy rich since the 70s, and an influx of rooftop squatters from the countryside.

Al-Aswany was born on 26 May The day it’s not your first priority, you must quit. But the moment Egyptians believe compromise is no longer working, they revolt. The old pictures were appearing in his mind with amazing clarity. The strength of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a fifth of seats in the people’s assembly, fkre the government to pose as a bulwark against Islamism.


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

Egypt’s Years of Revolution”. Yet the much greater scale and reach of his novels, and his free-wheeling mix of stories in them is 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 aswny as The Yacoubian Building.

Alaa Al Aswany

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When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. I was learning how to write. Through them, readers will see everything in their own lives, including social, political and religious topics, but through the art. If we have democracy, Egypt will become a strong, advanced country in less than 10 years. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

In contrast, in Friendly Firewhich includes one nearly hundred-page long novella as well as sixteen stories, the focus in each piece is very narrowly and almost constantly on an individual often the narrator. Al Aswany’s writing is generally tighter and more consistent in these smaller, more concentrated efforts — perhaps friendyl he doesn’t have to force bridges between episodes and takes the freedom to only write what needs be written.

Why do dirty work in my house if I can do it elsewhere?

Interview: Alaa Al Aswany | Books | The Guardian

For 15 years, Al Aswany has written newspaper columns critical of President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since Al Aswany considers Nasser a “great leader, who guaranteed free education for social mobility, but made one big mistake: American detainees are exported to be tortured in Arab dictatorships, and they come back with confessions. Al Aswany creates a microcosm of Egyptian society and the forces that plague it – ruthless profiteering, political corruption and prejudice, police torture, Islamic extremism.


But if you block your contact with the street, you’re in trouble. There was a sigh of relief in the Arab world: There are, he believes, “two related struggles in Egypt: Al Aswany was born in Cairo inan only child.

His mother Zeinab, from Alexandria, was a “real fighter” and worked at the youth ministry. An early novella, The Papers of Essam Abdel Aatyand two short story collections were “printed not published”.

His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of 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.

Hosted by Google, 28 OctoberFie 24 May The pieces range from the relatively fully-developed novella that opens the collection to several stories that are little more than friendlh of a single episode, but Al Aswany presents the stories quite well throughout. He is suing Gebo to force disclosure of how it allocates public funds. But I do not have control over them.

Al Aswany concedes that his success may have given him greater freedom as a writer. They mean Egypt is still more tolerant than it appears. There she was, standing before him, with her petite figure, fore beautiful face, and her long black hair that she gathered in a ponytail.