Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for women's rights both within Egypt and abroad. She holds honorary doctorates from, among others, the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso as well as Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Her many prizes and awards include the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2003, the Council of Europe North-South Prize in 2004, the Women of the Year Award (UK) in 2011, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland) in 2012, and the French National Order of Merit in 2013. Her books have been translated into over forty languages worldwide. They are taught in universities across the world.
'This is a book we should all be reading'
'I think her life has been one long death threat. At a time when
nobody else was talking, she spoke the unspeakable.'
Margaret Atwood, BBC Imagine
'As I finished reading Dr. Nawal's autobiography I felt a sudden
sense of loss. I didn't want to leave her. I went back and read the
last sections again, and then again, until I remembered how many
other books she has written. Then I felt delight that I will be
able to return to her words and to her stories, and that so many
others will share in them.'
'In this book we see how, from an early age, Saadawi combines
her love of the Arabic language with her awareness of gender-based
oppression to create texts which are as subversive as they are
Modern African Studies