-More than any other woman, Nawal El Saadawi has come has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism.--- San Francisco Chronicle
-The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab World.--- Guardian
-Saadawi writes with directness and passion.--- The New York Times
Bodour, a distinguished literary critic and university professor, carries with her a dark secret.Read more...
-More than any other woman, Nawal El Saadawi has come has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism.---San Francisco Chronicle
-The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab World.---Guardian
-Saadawi writes with directness and passion.---The New York Times
Bodour, a distinguished literary critic and university professor, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student, she fell in love with a political activist and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo.
Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, despite being deprived of a name and a home. In contrast, Bodour remains trapped in a loveless marriage, pining for her daughter. In an attempt to find solace she turns to literature, writing a fictionalized account of her life. But when the novel goes missing, Bodour is forced on a journey of self discovery, reliving and reshaping her past and her future.
Will Bodour ever discover who stole the novel? Is there any hope of her being reunited with Zeina?
Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned Egyptian writer, feminist, and psychiatrist. Her works have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-09-19
- Reviewer: Staff
The latest from El Saadawi (Woman at Point Zero), seamlessly translated by Nowaira, will haunt readers with its beautiful prose and harsh depiction of women's lives in Cairo. Flowing from present into past, reality into dreams, and between the stories of mother and daughters, El Saadwai explores the unequal roles of women and men in Egyptian society. Successful literary critic Boudour is writing a novel about circumstances that made her abandon an infant, Zeina, when she was a young college student. Later, Boudour married and raised another daughter, Mageeda, a successful writer who feels curiosity and jealousy toward Zeina, now a musical phenomenon. As Boudour tries to rewrite her life and recover her stolen novel, men repeatedly betray her and the other female characters; El Saadawi quotes at length from the Qur'an to illustrate the entrenched nature of this behavior. The shifting time line will keep readers guessing as to what happens next, and what is real versus imagined. (Sept.)