On the eve of her execution, a Cairo prostitute and murderer recounts her life's story. By night's end, she has convincingly flipped these terms as to render their traditional definitions meaningless as the accuser becomes the accused. El Saadawi has been a long-time activist for woman's rights in the Middle East and crafted this work back in 1975. It still remains a powerful piece of feminist fiction that hasn't dated a bit, nor lost any of its relevance.
Nawal El Saadawi’s highly acclaimed feminist novel, Woman at Point Zero, follows the life of Firdaus, an Egyptian peasant girl, from her childhood of incomprehensible cruelty and neglect to her end in a grimy Cairo prison cell. From her earliest memories, Firdaus suffered at the hands of men—first her abusive father, then her violent, much older husband, to finally her deceitful boyfriend-turned-pimp. After a lifetime of abuse, she at last takes drastic action against the males ruling her life. Still as beautiful and cutting as it was when it was first published, this new edition will continue to resonate powerfully with readers for years to come.
About the Author
Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist, and activist. She has published over forty books, which have been translated into over thirty languages.
"An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist." — London Times