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News Thu Jun 11 2009

Alaa al Aswany Interview

Recently the Guardian interviewed Egyptian author Alaa al Aswany, known to us through his 2008 novel, Chicago, based on his experiences as a student at UIC. On his time here:

"As a dentistry student in Chicago three decades ago, he hugely admired America's efficiency. But it was not, in the long run, for him. 'Everything is systemised, practical. Egypt is the opposite, but there is beauty in that. To me, it's the most wonderful place on earth.'"

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