Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal el Saadawi, 2nd Ed / Edition 2

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This is the first volume of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, giving an emotionally shattering, but wonderfully lyrical, portrait of her childhood in a remote Egyptian village — the childhood that produced the freedom fighter. She describes vividly the culture of the place and time into which she was born and also her intuitive — and inspiring — desire to transcend the restrictions forced upon her because of her gender. From the very start, escaping the grasp of possible marriage at the age of ten, we see how she moulded her own creative power into a weapon and how the use of words became an act of rebellion against injustice, leading first to her career as a medical doctor and ultimately to her iconic status as a novelist and political activist.

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"This brave book brings to life all too familiar news items from some traditional cultures where women are treated throughout their lives as misfortunes...reading this we are reminded not to take our good fortune for granted. This book is a book we should all be reading...” —Doris Lessing

“A striking study of the female ego in impossible circumstances.” —Village Voice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848132313
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword Bettina Aptheker ix

Preface: The Gift 1

1 Allah and McDonald's 16

2 The Cry in the Night 20

3 God Above, Husband Below 31

4 Thank God for Our Calamities 39

5 Flying with the Butterflies 46

6 Killing the Bridegroom 54

7 Daughter of the Sea 63

8 My Revolutionary Father 78

9 The Lost Servant-Girl 88

10 The Village of Forgotten Employees 94

11 God Hid behind the Coat-Stand 101

12 The Ministry of Nauseation 107

13 Dreaming of Pianos 117

14 To the Circus 124

15 The Singing Man 139

16 The Whiskered Peasant 153

17 Uncles, Suitors and Other Bloodsuckers 165

18 A Stove for My Mother 178

19 Coming to Cairo 184

20 The Long, Strong Bones of a Horse 199

21 Love and the Hideous Cat 216

22 Art Thieves 224

23 Mad Aunts and Abandoned Babies 228

24 The House of Desolation 241

25 The Secret Communist 251

26 Wasted Lives 267

27 Cholera, Ageing and Death 284

28 The Qur'an Betrayed 297

29 British English and Holy Arabic 304

30 The Name of Marx 329

31 The Brush of History 344

Afterword: Living in Resistance 350

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