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Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi Sherif Hetata
Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi
Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi

Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi Sherif Hetata
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'Her honesty, strength, courage, and accomplishments are admirable and inspiring' Library Journal 'A moving repudiation of those who have made Egypt's history in the last century' Washington Post Book World 'El Saadawi's poetic prose and searing details keep the pages alive with stories of triumph, dissent, death and disappointment' San Francisc...
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'Her honesty, strength, courage, and accomplishments are admirable and inspiring' Library Journal 'A moving repudiation of those who have made Egypt's history in the last century' Washington Post Book World 'El Saadawi's poetic prose and searing details keep the pages alive with stories of triumph, dissent, death and disappointment' San Francisco Chronicle 'This is what great art does. It closes the great chasms between us. This is what Nawaal El Saadawi does in her writing about her homeland and her life. With words, she peels away the artifice to reveal the beating heart beneath the surface ... Saadawi's truth will makes its way from body to body, heart to heart, to sew the ripped and jagged edges of the world ... We come away from this book as we do from all her others, amazed at her cool courage, profound psychological insight, and deep passion ... Without her brave work an entire country would not be fully known ... Dr. Saadawi has saved us from awful ignorance.' Rebecca Walker

In A Daughter of Isis, Nawal El Saadawi painted a beautifully textured portrait of the childhood that moulded her into a novelist and fearless campaigner for freedom and the rights of women. Walking through Fire takes up the story of her extraordinary life. Famous for her novels, short stories and writings on women, Saadawi is known as the first Arab woman to have written about sex and its relation to economics and politics. Imprisoned under Sadat for her opinions, she has continued to fight against all forms of discrimination based on class, gender, nationality, race or religion. This autobiography shows the passion for justice that has shaped her life and her writing. We read about her as a rural doctor, trying to help a young girl escape from a terrible fate imposed on her by a brutal male tyranny. We follow her attempts to set up women's organizations and to publish magazines later banned by the authorities or endangered by fundamentalist threats. We travel with her into exile after the publication of her name on a death list. We witness her first marriage to a freedom fighter hounded into drug addiction by a system that has no mercy. We share her struggle against her 'false self' and a second husband who offers her financial security and comfort - provided she stops writing. We live the beautiful moments of her third marriage with a man released after fourteen years of imprisonment and hard labour - their love, companionship and shared struggle. Nawal El Saadawi has carved a place for herself in the universal struggle against oppression. 'Words should not seek to please, to hide the wounds in our bodies, or the shameful moments in our lives', she says. 'They may hurt, give us pain, but they can also provoke us to question what we have accepted for thousands of years.'

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