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A new story by Alaa al Aswany

By Alaa al Aswany   June 2009

Alaa al Aswany was born in Egypt in 1957. A dentist by profession, for many years he practised in Cairo in the Yacoubian Building, the setting for his internationally bestselling novel of the same name. He has written for Egyptian newspapers on politics, literature and social issues. His latest novel, Chicago, was published by Fourth Estate in 2008. This story is taken from Aswany’s first collection of short stories, Friendly Fire (Fourth Estate, £10.99), which is published this June. The book also contains his novella “The Isam Abd el-Ati Papers,” which was banned in Egypt for a decade. The translator…

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