Alaa al Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building and now Chicago, gives an interview to the Globe and Mail. He claims that his dentistry practice gives him insight into Cairo life, and so, though he's been very successful in his writing career, he will not give it up. Hmmm.
The writer alludes to an element of al Aswany's writing that I observed earlier on this blog - his unsparing inclusion of sex in his stories. (I haven't yet read Chicago, but it would appear from this interview that its treatment of sex is in the tradition of The Yacoubian Building).