Rachel Cooke talks to Alaa al Aswany about love, torture, and why he still practises dentistry
Review: Chicago by Alaa Al AswanyThe best characters are worthy of an Arabic David Lodge, says Alfred Hickling
The author of The Yacoubian Building explains how his father got him started on a profession where he's never off duty
Review: Chicago by Alaa Al AswanyJay Parini admires the Dickensian sense of character in a strong tale of Egyptians in America
Review: Chicago by Alaa al AswanyAlaa al Aswany's tale of an Egyptian migrant community in Chicago asks timely questions but is marred by its crude representation of America says William Skidelsky
Alaa Al Aswany: Success can be dangerous. You get isolated. More than 60% of Egyptians live below the poverty line. I must keep loyal to them
Peter Bradshaw: Boasting a splending central performance from Adel Imam, Marwan Hamed's version of Alaa Al Aswany's novel is a portmanteau account of a handful of characters living in an apartment building in Cairo in 1990.
Alaa al Aswany is that rarest of literary beasts, a bestselling novelist and practising dentist whose patients are essential to his creative process.