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Often likened to Rigoberta Menchu and Nadine Gordimer, Nawal El Saadawi is one of the world's leading feminist authors. Director of Health and Education in Cairo, she was summarily dismissed from her post in 1972 for her political writing and activities. In 1981 she was imprisoned by Anwar Sadat for alleged "crimes against the State" and was not released until after his assassination.

Memoirs from the Women's Prison offers both firsthand witness to women's resistance to state violence and fascinating insights into the formation of women's community. Saadawi describes how political prisoners, both secular intellectuals and Islamic revivalists, forged alliances to demand better conditions and to maintain their sanity in the confines of their cramped cell.

Saadawi's haunting prose makes Memoirs an important work of twentieth-century literature. Recognized as a classic of prison writing, it touches all who are concerned with political oppression, intellectual freedom, and personal dignity.

Synopsis:

Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, socialist, medical doctor, and novelist. Her writing has angered both political and religious authorities in Egypt, and her unyielding demands for women's rights have mobilized women throughout the Middle East. Memoirs from the Women's Prison offers a firsthand account of women's resistance to state violence, as well as an understanding of the unlikely formation of a women's community behind bars.

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"If Kafka had been a feminist, his prisoner might have had Nawal el Sa'adawi's feistiness, maybe, like her, he would have hoed a prison garden, led veiled and unveiled cellmates in rebellious calisthenics, strategized with a murderess to foil state illogic. This book gives me hope, even makes me laugh."—Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After

About the Author

Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist, socialist, medical doctor, novelist, and author of a classic work on women in Islam, The Hidden Face of Eve (1982). She presently teaches at Duke University. Marilyn Booth is an independent scholar affiliated with the University of Illinois and a freelance translator. Her recent translations include Stories by Egyptian Women: My Grandmother's Cactus.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520088887
Translator:
Booth, Marilyn
Author:
Booth, Marilyn
Author:
El Saadawi, Nawal
Author:
Saadawi, Nawal El
Author:
Sa'dawi, Nawal
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Political prisoners
Subject:
Authors, arab
Subject:
Authors, Arab -- Egypt -- Biography.
Subject:
Imprisonment
Subject:
Sadawi, Nawal - Imprisonment
Subject:
Authors, Arab -- Egypt.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Literature of the Middle East
Series Volume:
86-1e
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.5 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, socialist, medical doctor, and novelist. Her writing has angered both political and religious authorities in Egypt, and her unyielding demands for women's rights have mobilized women throughout the Middle East. Memoirs from the Women's Prison offers a firsthand account of women's resistance to state violence, as well as an understanding of the unlikely formation of a women's community behind bars.
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"If Kafka had been a feminist, his prisoner might have had Nawal el Sa'adawi's feistiness, maybe, like her, he would have hoed a prison garden, led veiled and unveiled cellmates in rebellious calisthenics, strategized with a murderess to foil state illogic. This book gives me hope, even makes me laugh."—Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After
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