'Nawal el Saadawi writes with directness and passion, transforming the systematic brutalisation of peasants and of women in to powerful allegory'
New York Times Book Review
'A dramatic symbolised version of female revolt against the norms of the Arab world'
'It is a remarkable book. Painful, compulsive reading. [..] it is written with such grace and skill as to be on a par with the finest literature of this or any era.
Scott Pack, The Friday Project '
A powerful indictment of the treatment of women in many parts of the Middle East'
'Woman at Point Zero should begin the long march towards a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of Arab women'
Middle East International
'A tragic insight into a woman's oppression and downfall.' --Banipal
'A dramatic symbolised version of female revolt against the norms of the Arab world' --The Guardian
'It is a remarkable book. Painful, compulsive reading. I am sure some of you know all about it but for those who don't this short novel, or creative non-fiction as the author describes it, is the story of Fidraus, a prostitute about to be executed for murdering her pimp. Her life is recounted in a little over 100 pages but each one leaves an indelible mark. This is a tale of injustice, inequality and sheer bad luck to rival all those bloody misery memoirs that litter the supermarkets but it is written with such grace and skill as to be on a par with the finest literature of this or any era.' --Scott Pack, The Friday Project
About the Author
Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist and activist. She has published over 40 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages.