Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null PDF

Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null[Reading] ➭ Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null ➵ Nawal El Saadawi – Varanus.us From her prison cell, Firdaus, sentenced to die for having killed a pimp in a Cairo street, tells of her life from village childhood to city prostitute Society s retribution for her act of defiance de From her prison cell, Firdaus, auf euch: MOBI ï sentenced to die for having killed a Ich spucke PDF \ pimp in a Cairo street, tells of her life from village childhood to spucke auf euch: PDF Æ city prostitute Society s retribution for her act of defiance death she welcomes as the only way she can finally be free.

Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null PDF
    Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null PDF as the only way she can finally be free."/>
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  • Ich spucke auf euch: Bericht einer Frau am Punkt Null
  • Nawal El Saadawi
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  • 28 January 2018
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    A new world was opening up in front of my eyes, a world which for me had not existed before Maybe it had always been there, always existed, but I had never seen it, never realized it had been there all the time How was it that I had been blind to its existence all these years Nawal El Saadawi,Woman at Point ZeroI was told by a friend that the German title for this book is translated as I Spit on You, and it makes a lot of sense after you read the book, because that will probably be y A new world was opening up in front of my eyes, a world which for me had not existed before Maybe it had always been there, always existed, but I had never seen it, never realized it had been there all the time How was it that I had been blind to its existence all these years Nawal El Saadawi,Woman at Point ZeroI was told by a friend that the German title for this book is translated as I Spit on You, and it makes a lot of sense after you read the book, because that will probably be your reaction to most of the characters This is my second El Saadawi book and I wish I d written a review for the first book of hers that I read, The Innocence of the Devil, because I thought both books were excellent, similar in their approach and very powerful in how they portrayed patriarchy, sexism, hypocrisy, and misogyny.I love Firdaus, our protagonist, and I think she s a character who ll stay with me for a very long time At the beginning of the novella we find her on death row for killing a man and as she recounts her story to a female psychiatrist who is sent to visit her We learnabout her And it s shocking It wouldn t surprise me if many women are able to see themselves in Firdaus, despite the fact that we might not be Egyptian, Muslim etc, like she was Parts of her story are surely the stories of many women.The tone of the book starts off so innocently and simply the change in describing brutal incidents caught me by surprise From every single man Firdaus encounters she experiences abuse or exploitation of sorts Firdaus changes because of her experiences and we see how strong she becomes, despite encountering such awful things.Despite the tragic story, Firdaus has moments of agency and emancipation This woman who nobody wants, who s abused time and again, who isn t helped when she should be, comes up with her own definition of truth based on what she sees and experiences, not what she has been indoctrinated with El Saadawi exposes the hypocrisy in religious and patriarchal societies with men using tradition for their own purposes I discovered that all these rulers were men What they had in common was an avaricious and distorted personality, a never ending appetite for money, sex and unlimited power They were men who sowed corruption on the earth, and plundered their peoples, men endowed with loud voices, a capacity for persuasion, for choosing sweet words and shooting poisoned arrows Thus, the truth about them was revealed only after their deaths, and as a result I discovered that history tended to repeat itself with a foolish obstinacy She compares and contrasts marriage and prostitution, and she is often very blunt about what she perceives to be the position of women in society All women are victims of deception Men impose deception on women and punish them for being deceived, force them down to the lowest level and punish them for falling so low, bind them in marriage and then chastise them with menial service for life, or insults, or blows But there is the hope when women like Firdaus realize the truth but also the power they actually have How many were the years of my life that went by before my body, and my self became really mine, to do with them as I wished How many were the years of my life that were lost before I tore my body and my self away from the people who held me in their grasp since the very first day And ultimately though the telling of Firdaus story, I found myself changed as well, andunderstanding of Firdaus journey and evolution A man does not know a woman s value, Firdaus She is the one who determines her value


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    I was surprised when I saw the rating forWoman at Point ZeroTo me, it was a solid five star book When I scrolled through the reviews, I noticed many, many five star and four star reviews, but there was a pervasive theme of how she seemed unrelatable and fake I completely disagree.First of all,Woman at Point Zerois a short read, 114 pages at the most In three chapters, Firdaus life story is framed by the author s own narrative, which develops from vaguely superior and curious to shoc I was surprised when I saw the rating forWoman at Point ZeroTo me, it was a solid five star book When I scrolled through the reviews, I noticed many, many five star and four star reviews, but there was a pervasive theme of how she seemed unrelatable and fake I completely disagree.First of all,Woman at Point Zerois a short read, 114 pages at the most In three chapters, Firdaus life story is framed by the author s own narrative, which develops from vaguely superior and curious to shocked and humbled I had trouble reading this book, mostly because I wanted to find a quiet place where I could read it all in one setting and digest this magnificent woman s life.Secondly, people seem to forget that they aren t reading a fictional story In fiction, one is expected to connect with the main character, which is why authors continue to fall back on the age old archetypes and standards What readers often don t realize is that they are not relating to a protagonist or deuteragonist or antagonist that reminds them of themselves, but rather relating to an ideal, something that they wish they were or qualities that they think they possess, following a story that they wish they could go through It s also probably one of the reasons why people find this story to be unbelievable, paradoxically Fictional works often have the reader suspend their disbelief in order to spin a tale of growth and fairy tale morals In non fiction, there is no sugar When the truth is reached, it s not because she was an underdog who reached the top with the help of her friends and family and familiar, it s because she s had everything stripped away from her and has been left with nothing to lose.People don t like that People would rather read happy tales that don t end up in front of the firing squad waiting to be executed Exploring the depths of human nature and societal structures is a threat to all we find to be normal or safe.This brings me to the next point I d like to make Culturally, Egypt is extremely different from the Western countries, which have a history of being comparatively liberal Maybe execution for killing a man seems excessive to us, but to them, she is a woman The lowest of the low, beaten, caged, and silenced Pure She s a prostitute A whore She lives in a land of intolerance, one so patriarchal that a woman s word is worth half of a man s She s essentially considered subhuman in her country, which is also one with a habit of almost unrestrained violence among the classes.If that sounds familiar, it should Racial oppression, social oppression, and sexual oppression arethan related I approached this book with hopefully an open mind, but truthfully, I would never have even considered reading such a slim book if my mom hadn t first picked it up and asked me, Why would your cousin male have to read a woman s book It s completely inappropriate Immediately, I asked her why she would say that, and she couldn t give me an answer I asked her if she thought it was inappropriate for me to read books written by men about men i.e the majority of books I ve read for school in the past five years She couldn t give me an answer.So, in all honesty, I approached this book with a feminist point of view and I was sucked in It may seem a little unrealistic for Firdaus to have encountered so much suffering at the hands of men, but I know that it sthan possible After all, statistics don t usually lie No wonder she hated men by the end of her story Only when she held herself up by herself did she manage to flourish as best as she could, but even that was taken away at the end By the end of the book, I realized two things that the people who reviewed before me had often missed 1 Firdaus is not the main character of the story She is the central character, but not a character She is a symbol of the oppressed, those who have nothing for themselves except their bodies and minds We are not expected to be able to sympathize with her, despite her courage and dead reality Instead, we must be like the author who listened to her story, who is, in fact, us We are the ones who do not understand because we live in a world built on lies, where we pretend that we are above the common streetwalker We aren t 2 It would be wrong to label this book as a feminist novel Really, it s a feminist novel because the central character is female and it focuses on her struggle to maintain dignity and strength even when she has nothing It would be labeled an LGBTQQ novel if the main character were a lesbian What if it were about a straight man who prostituted himself to survive Does it seem even less believable now This is a story about finding the truth And the truth is not that women can t survive without men It s not that all men are scum It s that life is cruel and that power is dangerous in the wrong hands and that too much power corrupts It reveals the diseases of society and how people are so blind and unwilling to change because there is always someone below them and because there is always some irrational reason to keep them from changing It shows the futility of revolution and the futility of a singular being attempting change It s a cautionary tale from a woman who lived her life like all of us, constantly seeking happiness I urge everybody to read this book It s a learning experience, if not an enjoyable one


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    The first time I found Woman at Zero Point was when I deliberately read a tweet from a literacy base, I followed the last few days Starting from the amount of spam that featured the cover and its review in the reply column So many say that this book is excellent It s small but contains something powerful that is valuable for many people to know, a tragic truth Honestly, I am not a person who quickly consumed other people s reviews But seeing the number of spam menfess was scattered that day The first time I found Woman at Zero Point was when I deliberately read a tweet from a literacy base, I followed the last few days Starting from the amount of spam that featured the cover and its review in the reply column So many say that this book is excellent It s small but contains something powerful that is valuable for many people to know, a tragic truth Honestly, I am not a person who quickly consumed other people s reviews But seeing the number of spam menfess was scattered that day made me decide to buy one in a few days.It didn t takethan two days to complete this book For every part of this book, Nawal has successfully surprised and shuddered me terribly in what was experienced by Firdaus, the central character of this book Sorrowful, miserable, and pathetic, that was only I got from this book.I was wondering why did Nawal el Saadawi be so intent on pursuing Firdaus to tell her story Why would a doctor be willing to write a book about a whore waiting for her death day It turned out to be true If I were Nawal, I would do so and maybethan that Because what did Firdaus pass literally illustrates how many women out there are living injustice by an ingrained patriarchal system But what the final choice of Firdaus is, that is, it is different for each woman Firdaus, a woman who chose her own life to become a whoreI know that my profession has been created by men and that men control two of our worlds, those on this earth and those in the afterlife That men force women to sell their bodies at a certain priceA work that was indirectly formed by all the men she knew during her life Since childhood, she often got violent Every new person she met in her life always brought her afflictions They did at least 3 things cheating, harassment, and abuse Her father was a selfish, awful temperament person who only thought of his own stomach and never gives any attention to his kids Firdaus, her mother, and her siblings were like slaves who must serve his father in any condition Her siblings, one by one, died cause of starvingIf one of his daughters dies, Father will eat his dinner, Mother will wash his feet, and then he will go to sleep, as he does every night If a boy, he would hit Mother, then eat dinner and lay down to sleep Dad won t go to sleep without eating dinner first, no matter what Sometimes if there is no food at home, we will all go to sleep empty stomachs But he will always get foodSince she was a kid, Firdaus has received immoral acts from her male friend, Muhammadain Not only stop there, her uncle even so, ironic, because she also loved her unclethan her parents After that, her uncle married her to a calculated ancient man who always committed violence against her Then, she met with Bayoumi, a man she met at the Caf when she was looking for jobs using her school diploma Bayoumi kept her away for a while until he raped her and locked her up, even Firdaus was also raped by Bayoumi s friends And there are manythat every man she met only invite her to sleep together.Without warning it, the situation has allowed her body to be enjoyed by many men Until finally, she realized that her body can make money She chose to be an honorable whore with the consent of both parties with high pay, she could even choose whoever men she wanted to sleep with She thought it was farhonorable than having sex as a forced husband and wife By becoming a whore, she is free of her life, of her own body.But apparently, Firdaus was wrong there was still a pimp,men are always good at kissing people s money,whom she was forced to marry him, Marzouk Firdaus was fed up and finally stabbed the pimp, which caused her to be sentenced to death Firdaus proudly welcomed it with a victory likewelcome the truth I have won both life and death, because I have no desire to live, nor do I feel afraid of deathNawal wrote this book in an adorable, poetic, and descriptive way, tho the translation style isn t quite enjoyable to read It s too confusing, and too many repetitive sentences make me repeat several paragraphs to understand it Such the depiction of a pair of eyes that seem complicated and ramblingtwo rings that are very white around two dark circlesI give it five stars tho, for successful Nawal, who makes me realize the importance of caring for other women as a woman, not precisely as a human being Probably, Firdaus wouldn t be like this if she got love from people she knew during her life The power of love is so meaningful to all living things.We knew in Interstellar book that Cooper is safe because of his love for his daughter, Murph.At this moment, whoever you are, man or woman must read this book, and you will careabout your friends, maybe we can help another Firdaus who is trapped at the lowest point in her life, at zero point.A small book with a lot of value, what a precious little thing I like the most about how to dare fighting harassment, about how to love yourself Firdaus now becomes my new real favorite character of a nonfictional book for the first time.Now, I just knew why Nawal took pains to meet Firdaus because we are nothing compared to her, who has a lot of courage throughout her lifeAnd I realize that Firdaus hascourage than I have


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    Revisiting my Nobels always also includes guessing and hoping for a favourite to receive this year s award Nawal El Saadawi has been on my wish list for the Nobel Prize in Literature for many, many years, ever since she dragged me into the scary universe of Two Women in One, showing the double life of women in Egypt, conforming to rules set by men while letting their creativity and independence gain power within their own minds The Swedish Academy being what it is, it would be completely unhea Revisiting my Nobels always also includes guessing and hoping for a favourite to receive this year s award Nawal El Saadawi has been on my wish list for the Nobel Prize in Literature for many, many years, ever since she dragged me into the scary universe of Two Women in One, showing the double life of women in Egypt, conforming to rules set by men while letting their creativity and independence gain power within their own minds The Swedish Academy being what it is, it would be completely unheard of to award women two years in a row, but I keep hoping view spoiler Well, yes, looking back on my thoughts in September really only a few months ago I can say Pandora s Box is wide open, and hope left with the rest hide spoiler Why Nawal El Saadawi She was a psychiatrist before she became an author, and she is a politician and a human rights activist, so one might argue that she is not dedicating her whole body and soul to literature and therefore not a valid aesthetic choice However, Nobel s will clearly states that the prizes should be awarded to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind Woman at Point Zero makes the case for women in the Arab world, shows their vulnerability, their strength and intelligence, and at the same time, it is a harrowing work of fiction, of classical drama Awarding El Saadawi the Nobel Prize would officially recognise the voice of women in oppressive societies, while adding a compelling storyteller to the list of laureates.Similar to Drakulic As If I Am Not There in the depiction of regular, institutionalised abuse, Woman at Point Zero adds the dimension of internal striving for freedom.The book begins on the night before the main character s execution in a prison The basic facts of the story are true, and Nawal El Saadawi recounts the original circumstances in her preface, explaining how she came to know the real woman the novel is based on Firdaus, however, remained a woman apart She stood out amongst the others, vibrated within me, or sometimes lay quiet, until the day when I put her down in ink on paper and gave her life after she had died This story is an act of catharsis, using the creation of art to survive the pain of reality Again, the similarity to Drakulic is striking She also focused on the therapeutic, cathartic power of art in her novel Marble Skin.El Saadawi does not simply record the story she listens to, in the way of the journalist Svetlana Alexievich in her documentation of the Soviet Union and Russian life post communism, she creates a setting, not unlike Sheherazade s nightly storytelling atmosphere in the face of imminent execution There is urgency in the voice of the woman who cuts her visitor short Let me speak Do not interrupt me I have no time to listen to you They are coming to take me at six o clock this evening Tomorrow morning I shall no longer be here Then she starts talking, and the story unfolds with terrifying logic We encounter a young girl full of curiosity, loving school, devouring books I developed a love of books, for with every book I learned something new I got to know about the Persians, the Turks and the Arabs I read about the crimes committed by kings and rulers, about wars, peoples, revolutions, and the lives of the revolutionaries At this point in her life, she has already experienced sexual abuse by her uncle, and she relates the stories she reads to her own life and concludes I discovered that history tended to repeat itself with a foolish obstinacy As a grown up, she works as a prostitute and learns to suppress all feelings She becomes an automaton, brutally shaken awake when she falls in love When I was selling my body to men, the pain had been much less It was imaginary, rather than real As a prostitute, I was not myself, my feelings did not arise from within me They were not really mine With love I began to imagine that I had become a human being Her humiliation and hurt are so intense because she had begun to hope Let down even by the man she loves, she is devastated After that experience, she frees herself from all male domination and acts on her own She strikes back, and returns the violence she has been subject to since childhood.The result eventually is her arrest for murder and ultimately her execution, which she celebrates They said You are a savage and dangerous woman I am speaking the truth, and truth is savage and dangerous With pride she leaves for her last encounter with oppressive society, leaving the shocked and deeply touched narrator behind I saw her walk out with them I never saw her again But her voice continued to echo in my ears, vibrating in my head, in the cell, in the prison, in the streets, in the whole world, shaking everything, spreading fear wherever it went, the fear of the truth which kills, the power of truth, as savage, and as simple, and as awesome as death, yet as simple and as gentle as the child that has not yet learnt to lie Those words speak for themselves, and that voice deserves to be heard, along with the many other voices creating a chorus singing of freedom of choice for oppressed people around the world, a chorus in which I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban chimes in, or Virginia Woolf in her A Room of One s Own Maybe it is time for the academy to make a statement by awarding women the Nobel Prize in Literature twice in a row, after a century of lopsidedness, missing out on women of Woolf s caliber Says the bookworm cheering on her favourites, well aware that the election process is complicated, political, and sometimes quite random And that her taste is not universal, but personal I have other favourites to cheer on as well, but I keep my fingers crossed for this author of savage truth in a political landscape recently labelled the post truth era by The Economist


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    If you live in an Arab Muslim country , you would have probably heard of Nawel Saadaoui once in your lifetime.I know I have But it took me a while until I decided to pick up one of her books and it is mainly thanks to Ilham , a dear friend of mine , who recommended it to me.I opened the first pages , started reading and next thing i know , there are no pages left for me to read.It s heartbreaking , deeply uncomfortable and mournful.Ferdaous s story is definitely one of those stories that need t If you live in an Arab Muslim country , you would have probably heard of Nawel Saadaoui once in your lifetime.I know I have But it took me a while until I decided to pick up one of her books and it is mainly thanks to Ilham , a dear friend of mine , who recommended it to me.I opened the first pages , started reading and next thing i know , there are no pages left for me to read.It s heartbreaking , deeply uncomfortable and mournful.Ferdaous s story is definitely one of those stories that need to be read heard of An egyptian woman faced with the ugly side of life ever since she was a child The tone of the book starts off simply and slowly however the change in describing brutal incidents caught me by surprise Nawel does not stop to reflect or to further explain what happened , she writes as if it is a ususal thing Only later that I have managed to unravel the reason why she hasn t stopped and let us grasp , other equally awful encounters were on the way This book also raises a key feminist topic Women s right to choose Feminists have always fought for the freedom of choice , only women are capable of choosing how they live their lives In other words , anything can be considered feminist as long as it is a woman s choice Nawal discusses this point with her readers while narrating Ferdaous story , she argues that the fact that a woman chooses something does not necessarily mean that choice is feminist , claiming that women should be aware that patriarchy gives women no choices at all That made me think I loved Firdaus and I think she s a character who ll stay with me for a very long time Ferdaous tragic story is the story of many women across time and cultures.You need to read this book


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    I was hoping that Saadawi would win the Nobel Prize this time round sadly it wasn t to be However I suspect she was not surprised, as she says I am still ignored by big literary powers in the world, because I write in Arabic, and also because I am critical of the colonial, capitalist, racist, patriarchal mind set of the super powers However she is muchthan just a novelist writer she originally trained as a doctor, then went into politics Public Health She lost her job because of p I was hoping that Saadawi would win the Nobel Prize this time round sadly it wasn t to be However I suspect she was not surprised, as she says I am still ignored by big literary powers in the world, because I write in Arabic, and also because I am critical of the colonial, capitalist, racist, patriarchal mind set of the super powers However she is muchthan just a novelist writer she originally trained as a doctor, then went into politics Public Health She lost her job because of political activism and spent some time in prison Her political activism involves challenging FGM, arguing that women are oppressed by the patriarchal religions and highlighting a range of women s issues.This novel is based on Saadawi s meeting with a woman soon to be executed in prison in the early 1970s She was so affected by the meeting that she wrote the novel in a week Saadawi explores the issues she has written about over the years, but principally the role of women and their powerlessness in the society she was observing In the novel Firdaus tells her life story from a level of childhood innocence, through FGM, abuse from a relative, the death of her parents, school, an arranged marriage to a much older man whom she leaves when he abuses her , time with another man starts well but ends in control and abuse , time as a prostitute in a brothel well paid but Firduas realizes that the woman cannot protect her , then as a prostitute on her own, then a menial job in a local office, falls in love and thinks it is reciprocated, Firduas is betrayed and goes back to prostitution, when a pimp moves in to try to control her she has to kill him She has to kill him because the only way for women to liberate themselves from men is to kill them This, Firduas says, is why she has to die Firduas has lead a life where choice has been absent and this is the point freedom is illusory, as Janis Joplin sang Freedom s just another word for nothing left to lose It may all sound quite grim and given the subject matter that is inevitable, but Saadawi does write lyrically as well It was clean, paved thoroughfare, which ran along one bank of the Nile with tall trees on either side The houses were surrounded by fences and gardens The air which entered my lungs was pure and free of dust I saw a stone bench facing the river I sat down on it, and lifted my face to the refreshing breeze However the crux of the matter relates to choice and control, the lack of choices women have and the control men have How many were the years of my life that went by before my body, and my self became really mine, to do with them as I wished How many were the years of my life that were lost before I tore my body and my self away from these people who held me in their grasp since the very first day Saadawi gives agency to the voiceless and the reader is drawn into Firduas s life and feels the inevitability of her action The men, as set in the culture, have all the power and all the choices The novel provides a powerful analysis of the nature of control and coercion wrought upon women by men It s also a well written novel So why didn t she get the Nobel


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    I ve loved this slim novel since I read it for the first time in an undergrad literature class It s beautifully written, addictive as heck and features a harrowing main character It s simply written and that gives room for the complex narrative this my favorite type of writing This book was an enormous influence on my own novel Who Fears Death And rereading it really reminded me why.


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    This review could probably just read Men suck.But then that wouldn t cover the fact that sometimes women do too But Men suck and sometimes women as well doesn t have the same punchiness.Really though, in this story by Nawal El Saadawi men do suck Lots Whether you are a poor uneducated brute or aeducated sophisticated man whether you are a pimp or a prince, a near relation or a policeman, if you are a man it is a given that you are going to seriously suck at some point Sometimes it w This review could probably just read Men suck.But then that wouldn t cover the fact that sometimes women do too But Men suck and sometimes women as well doesn t have the same punchiness.Really though, in this story by Nawal El Saadawi men do suck Lots Whether you are a poor uneducated brute or aeducated sophisticated man whether you are a pimp or a prince, a near relation or a policeman, if you are a man it is a given that you are going to seriously suck at some point Sometimes it will take some time for you to show us just how much you suck, but that only means when you do, you end up sucking twice as bad Does Ms El Saadawi blame the specific environment of Egypt and the contaminating influence of Islamic religion used to praise the dehumanising of women Or does it go further down to the fact that she thinks that all men are just scum regardless of place and religious upbringing Perhaps it doesn t matter if your whole world is one area and one idea then that is your specific reality And in that reality, men suck Big time


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    Now I had learnt that honor required large sums of money to protect it, but that large sums of money could not be obtained without losing one s honor An infernal circle whirling round and round, draggng me up and down with it.Woman at Point Zero is a harrowing Candide for our post liberal musing While reading it we should all be ashamed No one should take pride in the closing of workhouses, the confinement has happened elsewhere, outsourced to favelas and shanties Don t linger excessively al Now I had learnt that honor required large sums of money to protect it, but that large sums of money could not be obtained without losing one s honor An infernal circle whirling round and round, draggng me up and down with it.Woman at Point Zero is a harrowing Candide for our post liberal musing While reading it we should all be ashamed No one should take pride in the closing of workhouses, the confinement has happened elsewhere, outsourced to favelas and shanties Don t linger excessively along the edges of the town and insure that the preterit don t congregate along the promenade El Saadawi notes that order must be maintained and that being respectful is an ephemeral condition Everyone celebrating Thanksgiving should read this novel much as my grandmother and I once viewed Grapes of Wrath on the Lord s day of Gluttony


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    This translation by an Egyptian female author gives us a traumatic picture of how a young woman is brutalized physically and mentally by just about every man, relative or stranger, that she runs into She runs away from a brutal husband and becomes a prostitute to survive At first she turns cheap tricks but later she learns to turn men down, becomingexclusive and expensive, raising the level of her clientele She works her way up to being a prostitute who caters to the wealthy political a This translation by an Egyptian female author gives us a traumatic picture of how a young woman is brutalized physically and mentally by just about every man, relative or stranger, that she runs into She runs away from a brutal husband and becomes a prostitute to survive At first she turns cheap tricks but later she learns to turn men down, becomingexclusive and expensive, raising the level of her clientele She works her way up to being a prostitute who caters to the wealthy political and military elite of the society and she becomes wealthy herself This is a tragedy of course, and we can see why the author s works were banned Indeed it s such an indictment of society in general and male society in particular, that it s amazing that this book managed to get published in Egypt in 1975 The author was such as outspoken critic on women s issues in her country that she was removed from just about every position she held including Egypt s national director of public health and she was imprisoned under the Sadat regime

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