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"All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up." --Excerpt This is a new edition of the best-selling novel with a specially commissioned new Foreword by Miriam Cooke.
Nawal El Saadawi now works as a writer, psychiatrist and activist. Her many prizes and awards include the Great Minds of the Twentieth Century Prize, awarded by the American Biographical Institute in 2003, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe and the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2004. Her books have been translated into over 28 languages worldwide. They are taught in universities across the world.
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"Nawal el Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory." -- New York Times Book Review
"Scorching" -- New Internationalist "A powerful indictment of the treatment of women in many parts of the Middle East." -- Labour Herald "Woman at Point Zero should begin the long march towards a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of Arab women." -- Middle East International "A dramatic symbolised version of female revolt against the norms of the Arab world." -- The Guardian "El Saadawi has a flair for melodrama and mystery." -- International Journal of Middle East Studies