Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi

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Nawal El Saadawi has been pilloried, censored, imprisoned and exiled for her refusal to accept the oppressions imposed on women by gender and class. In her life and in her writings, this struggle against sexual discrimination has always been linked to a struggle against all forms of oppression: religious, racial, colonial and neo-colonial. In 1969, she published her first work of non-fiction, Women and Sex ; in 1972, her writings and her struggles led to her dismissal from her job. From then on there was no ...

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Overview

Nawal El Saadawi has been pilloried, censored, imprisoned and exiled for her refusal to accept the oppressions imposed on women by gender and class. In her life and in her writings, this struggle against sexual discrimination has always been linked to a struggle against all forms of oppression: religious, racial, colonial and neo-colonial. In 1969, she published her first work of non-fiction, Women and Sex ; in 1972, her writings and her struggles led to her dismissal from her job. From then on there was no respite; imprisonment under Sadat in 1981 was the culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women's social and intellectual freedom. A Daughter of Isis is the autobiography of this extraordinary woman.

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Egyptian novelist, doctor, and militant writer of Arab women's problems and struggles Saadawi recounts her life since she was born in a small village in 1931. She describes her training and work as a physician, writing and publishing her first books, prison and exile, and writing and speaking worldwide. She includes several photographs. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856496803
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Egyptian novelist, doctor and militant writer on Arab women's problems and their struggle for liberation, Nawal el Saadawi was born in the village of Kafr Tahla. Refusing to accept the limitations imposed by both religious and colonial oppression on most women of rural origin, she qualified as a doctor in 1955 and rose to become Egypt's Director of Public Health. Since she began to write over 30 years ago, her books have concentrated on women. In 1972, her first work of non fiction, Women and Sex, evoked the antagonism of highly placed political and theological authorities, and the Ministry of Health was pressurised into dismissing her. Under similar pressures she lost her post as Chief Editor of a health journal and as Assistant General Secretary in the Medical Association in Egypt. From 1973 to 1976 she worked on researching women and neurosis in the Ain Shams University's Faculty of Medicine; and from 1979 to 1980 she was the United Nations Advisor for the Women's Programme in Africa (ECA) and Middle East (ECWA). Later in 1980, as a culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women's social and intellectual freedom, an activity that had closed all avenues of official jobs to her, she was imprisoned under the Sadat regime. She has since founded the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and devoted her time to being a writer, journalist and worldwide speaker on women's issues. With the publication by Zed Books in 1980 of The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World, English language readers were first introduced to the work of this major writer. Zed Books has also published four of her previous novels, Woman at Point Zero (1983), God Dies by the Nile (1985), The Circling Song (1989) and Searching (1991) as well as a collection of her non-fiction writings The Nawal El Saadawi Reader (1997). She has received three literary awards.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Gift
• Allah and MacDonalds
• A Cry in the Night
• God Above, Husband Below
• We Thank God for Our Calamities
• Flying with Butterflies
• Killing the Bridegroom
• Daughter of the Sea
• My Revolutionary Father
• The Lost Servant Girl
• The Village of Forgotten Employees
• God Hid Behind the Coat-Stand
• The Ministry of Nauseation
• Dreaming of Pianos
• To the Circus
• The Singing Man
• The Whiskered Peasant
• Uncles, Suitors and Other Blood-Suckers
• A Stove for My Mother
• Coming to Cairo
• The Long, Strong Bones of a Horse
• Love and the Hideous Cat
• Art Thieves
• Mad Aunts and Abandoned Babies
• The House of Desolation
• The Secret Communist
• Wasted Lives
• Plague, Ageing and Death
• The Koran Betrayed
• British English and Holy Arabic
• The Name of Marx
• The Brush of History
• Afterword--Living in Resistance

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