An interview with Ala al Aswani about his new novel Chicago (Arabic). As someone who disliked his Yacoubian Building, I can't say I'm optimistic about the new ones.
The novel is selling like hotcakes. All you learn about it is that it has lots of explicit sex. Great marketing strategy.
He mentions in the interview that the character of the gay homosexual in The Yacoubian Building was excised from the TV series adaptation of the novel.