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Crushed by the weight of hierarchy and inequality -- in careers, in public life, in sexual and family ties -- his downtrodden toilers and dreamers inwardly rebel, outwardly surrender, and turn their stifled wrath on those even weaker than themselves. His achievement in these stories is in making general complaints affecting, human and very personal. Never one to shy away from uncomfortable truths, al-Aswany reveals in his stories a picture of Egypt much grittier than most Westerners would have imagined. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. 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 Fire, which 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.

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Crushed by the weight of hierarchy and inequality -- in careers, in public life, in sexual and family ties -- his downtrodden toilers and dreamers inwardly rebel, outwardly surrender, and turn their stifled wrath on those even weaker than themselves. His achievement in these stories is in making general complaints affecting, human and very personal. Never one to shy away from uncomfortable truths, al-Aswany reveals in his stories a picture of Egypt much grittier than most Westerners would have imagined.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. 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 Fire, which 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. 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 such as The Yacoubian Building.

The stories in Friendly Fire are set in contemporary Egypt, and the characters are generally not very well off though few live in abject or desperate poverty. Several stories show the transition of a character from a position of powerlessness to becoming part of this prevalent system, most shockingly in the case of an admired schoolmate who first seems to stand up against the system but then embraces it.

Most of the characters have accepted the prevailing system -- cowering almost naturally before the powers that be -- and while Al Aswany describes a few attempts to challenge it, most ultimately fail against the deeply entrenched way things are; several stories end showing how the characters resign themselves to the way things are, in a number of different ways.

The pieces range from the relatively fully-developed novella that opens the collection to several stories that are little more than sketches of a single episode, but Al Aswany presents the stories quite well throughout.

The consistent bleakness -- not horrible misery, but simply a heavy sense that little in this particular world can be improved -- can be wearing. 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.

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Al-Aswany was born on 26 May His mother, Zainab, came from an aristocratic family; her uncle was a Pasha and Minister of Education before the Egyptian Revolution of Al-Aswany married his first wife in his early twenties, she was a dentist, and they had their son Seif, they divorced later. When he was 37, he married Eman Taymoor and they had two daughters, Mai and Nada. Then, he wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shorouk. However, Al-Aswany was banned from attending the premiere. In fact, many intellectuals believe that this work played a crucial role in triggering revolutionary sentiments among the Egyptian people.

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