Woman at point zero, by Nawal El Saadawi

One of the best things of being in a bookclub is to discover new authors you never heard about before, and reading books you would have never chosen on your own. Of course, it could be a disaster, but in this particular case it has been an amazing discovery.

Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian writer, with strong feminist convictions. She was a medical doctor who was imprisoned in 1981 and fled to the US in 1988. The book discussed here is Woman at Point Zero, about a prisoner sentenced to death for murdering a man. Firdau is the main character and across the book she tells the story of her life. According to the author’s preface on our edition, this is based on a real story.

It is a real tragedy told with a really moving prose. I will try to find more books of this author. Specially, I would like to read The hidden face of Eve, which analyses the situation of women in the Arab world.

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