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15 October 2015
ISBN: 9781783605941
160 pages
198 x 129mm

Middle East

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Woman at Point Zero

By Nawal El Saadawi, translated by Sherif Hetata, and foreword by Miriam Cooke

'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.


‘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 HeraldWoman 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

About the Authors:

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for women’s rights both within Egypt and abroad.