Woman at Point Zero


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The story of Firdaus, one of the greatest characters ever created in fiction.

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Nawal El Saadawi was an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for women's rights both within Egypt and abroad. She held 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.


Nawal El Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory * New York Times *
This book will look you dead in the eye... I thoroughly recommend this book because it will make you examine the ways in which people in impossible situations can retain dignity and control over themselves. Read it wide-eyed. * Books By Broads *
The most influential feminist thinker in the Arab world over the past half-century. * Financial Times *
El Saadawi has a flair for melodrama and mystery. * International Journal of Middle East Studies *
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 *
Scorching * New Internationalist *
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 *
An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist. * The Times *
This novella opened my eyes to the ideas of power structures. * Ailah Ahmed, Stylist *
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 *
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 *

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