Woman at Point Zero

Second Edition

Author: Nawal El Saadawi

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842778739

Category: Fiction

Page: 114

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As Firdaus sits in a grimy prison cell awaiting the relief that death will bring, she looks back at her life and what brought her to this point, from childhood cruelty to being forced into a marriage she did not want.
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Woman at Point Zero

Author: Nawal El Saadawi

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783607424

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

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'An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist.' The Times 'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.' So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either. As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth – that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing. This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.
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Woman at Point Zero

Author: Nawal El Saadawi

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9780862325176

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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From her prison cell, Firdaus, sentenced to die for having killed a pimp in a Cairo street, tells of her life from village childhood to city prostitute. Society's retribution for her act of defiance - death - she welcomes as the only way she can finally be free.
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Men, Women, and Gods

Nawal El Saadawi and Arab Feminist Poetics

Author: Fedwa Malti-Douglas

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520301625

Category: Poetry

Page: 288

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Men, Women, and God(s) is a pioneering study of the Arab world's leading feminist and most controversial woman writer, Nawal El Saadawi. Author of plays, memoirs, and such novels as Woman at Point Zero and The Innocence of the Devil, El Saadawi has become well known in the West as well as in the Arab community for her unforgettable female heroes and explosive narratives, which boldly address sexual violence, female circumcision, theology, and other politically charged themes. Her outspoken feminism and critique of patriarchy have also earned her the wrath of repressive forces in the Middle East. Imprisoned in her native Egypt under Sadat, El Saadawi is now among those on the death lists of Islamic religious conservatives. In Men, Women, and God(s) Fedwa Malti-Douglas makes the work of this important but little-understood writer truly accessible. Contending that El Saadawi's texts cannot be read in isolation from their Islamic and Arabic heritage, Malti-Douglas draws upon a deep knowledge of classical and modern Arabic textual traditions—and on extensive conversations with Nawal El Saadawi—to place the writer within her cultural and historical context. With this impassioned and radical exegesis of El Saadawi's prolific output, Malti-Douglas has written a crucial study of one of the most controversial and influential writers of our time. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1995.
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The Hidden Face of Eve

Women in the Arab World, Second Edition

Author: Nawal El Saadawi

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842778753

Category: Political Science

Page: 325

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This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith. This edition, complete with a new foreword, lays claim to The Hidden Face of Eve's status as a classic of modern Arab writing.
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North-south Linkages and Connections in Continental and Diaspora African Literatures

Author: Edris Makward,Mark L. Lilleleht,Ahmed Saber

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9781592211579

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 555

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This volume collects some of the best lectures at the African Literature Association's 25th annual conference held in 1999. The conference brought together for the first time a large number of scholars, creative writers and artists from Northern Africa and their counterparts from Sub- Saharan Africa. The conference and this collection highlight the inspiring and stimulating dialogue between two literary and cultural areas that have often been artificially compartmentalised. The essays draw suprising connections and illustrate the breadth and dynamism of African literature.
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Revolution at Point Zero

Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle

Author: Silvia Federici

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604863331

Category: Political Science

Page: 188

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Collects 35 years of essays on feminism, as well as critiques of capitalism, in a book that looks at elder care, labor, sex and reproduction and more. Original.
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