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Andree Chedid is a poet, essayist, dramatist and novelist of Egypto-Lebanese origin. Born and educated in Cairo, where she received a degree in literature from the American University, she moved to Paris in 1946, and became a naturalized French citizen. She is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Prix Louise Labbe (poetry), 1969; Aigle d'or de la poesie, 1972; Grand prix de l'Academie Belge, 1974; Prix de l'afrique Mediteraneenne, 1974; Prix Mallarme (poetry), 1976; and Prix Goncourt de la nouvelle, 1979.
"Much of this delicately composed, elegant novel is a gentle and
simple story of a woman searching for herself in a world of
callous, unimaginative male supremacy.... The writing, disclosing
bitter, painful truths, is deceptively lyrical."
"This is a lyrical novel that portrays the life of an Egyptian woman who is forced to accept a loveless and humiliating marriage."
"Woman may be compared to a very deep body of water; one can never predict the power of the undertow." -- Vizir Ptahhotep, "Instruction on the Subject of Women," Egypt, c. 2600 B.C.E.