Circling Song

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Hamida and Hamido are twins, grown from a single embryo inside one womb. Violently parted, they search the city in the darkening circles of a dream, only to find, lose and find each other, each time as if it were the first. Their journey -- terrifying and exact -- leads to an unbroken cycle of corruption and brutality. With a precise and hypnotic intensity, Circling Song pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche.

"An introspective...book in which Saadawi's...

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Overview

Hamida and Hamido are twins, grown from a single embryo inside one womb. Violently parted, they search the city in the darkening circles of a dream, only to find, lose and find each other, each time as if it were the first. Their journey -- terrifying and exact -- leads to an unbroken cycle of corruption and brutality. With a precise and hypnotic intensity, Circling Song pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche.

"An introspective...book in which Saadawi's preoccupations - sexual violence, military brutality, and the corruption of those in power - take shape in a...private nightmare."--Independent

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"To read this book is like looking into a kaleidoscope; as each new element in the story is added, so a new configuration is formed." -- Independent

"Nawal El Saadawi's technique is impressive: at once precise, controlled and hypnotic, even in translation. The style and meaning of the book are one. A song with no beginning and no end, the author tells its universal story." -- Everywoman

"This novel is a powerful example of the kind of anger and desperation to which Arab women writers are beginning to give vent." -- Choice

"Nawal El Saadawi is a legend in her own time. This is an ambitious work indeed." -- American Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848132269
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist and activist. She has published over 40 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

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