Woman at Point Zero
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The story of Firdaus, one of the greatest characters ever created in fiction.
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'This extraordinary novel, written with such compassion, forces us to the edge, and deep inside what must be one of the worst tales of women's oppression while somehow managing to inspire hope, if only through the courage of Nawal El Saadawi for being one of the first to tell this story to the world.'
Jacqueline Rose


'One of the leading feminists of her generation.'
The Guardian


'Nawal el Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory'
New York Times Book Review


'Scorching'
New Internationalist


'Leaves an indelible mark. This is a tale of injustice, inequality and sheer bad luck - written with such grace and skill as to be on a part with the finest literature of this or any era - haunting, poetic and fiercely relevant'.
Scott Pack, The Friday Project


'The most influential feminist thinker in the Arab world over the past half-century.'
Financial Times

Endorsements
‘Nawal El Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory’ New York Times ‘A dramatic female revolt against the norms of the Arab world’ The Guardian ‘Leaves an indelible mark. This is a tale of injustice, inequality and sheer bad luck - written with such grace and skill as to be on a part with the finest literature of this or any era - haunting, poetic and fiercely relevant.’ Scott Pack, The Friday Project ‘This extraordinary novel, written with such compassion, forces us to the edge, and deep inside what must be one of the worst tales of women’s oppression while somehow managing to inspire hope, if only through the courage of Nawal El Saadawi for being one of the first to tell this story to the world.’ Jacqueline Rose ‘Simple, but sharp and infuriating... Woman at Point Zero is the story of one Arab woman, but it reads as if it is every woman’s life.’ Spare Rib ‘Scorching’ New Internationalist ‘The most influential feminist thinker in the Arab world over the past half-century.’ Financial Times ‘A powerful indictment of the treatment of women in many parts of the Middle East’ Labour Herald ‘Woman at Point Zero should begin the long march towards a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of Arab women.’ Middle East International ‘El Saadawi has a flair for melodrama and mystery.’ International Journal of Middle East Studies

Woman at Point Zero

Nawal El Saadawi

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'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.
Author Biography
Nawal El Saadawi was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. She is the author of over 50 novels and short stories. As well as being a world renowned novelist she is a trained psychiatrist and outspoken advocate for feminism, socialism and anti-imperialism.
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Bibliographic Information
Publish State
Published
Language
English
Readership
General
Publisher / Imprint
Zed Books
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom / London
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9781783605941
Format
Paperback
Edition
3
Published Date
October 2015
Primary Price
9.99 GBP
Pages
160
Dimensions
198 x 129 mm