God Dies by the Nile: Second Edition

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Zed Books, Jul 15, 2007 - Literary Collections - 175 pages
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Nawal El Saadawi is the 2007 recipient of the African Literature Association's Fonlon-Nichols Award! "People have become corrupt everywhere. You can search in vain for justice or true morality. They no longer exist." Kafr El Teen is a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile. Yet at its heart it is tyrannical and corrupt. The Mayor, Sheikh Hamzawi of the mosque, and the Chief of the Village Guard are obsessed by wealth and use and abuse the women of the village, taking them as slaves, marrying them and beating them. Resistance, it seems, is futile. Zakeya, an ordinary villager, works in the fields by the Nile and watches the world, squatting in the dusty entrance to her house, quietly accepting her fate. It is only when her nieces fall prey to the Mayor that Zakeya becomes enraged by the injustice of her society and possessed by demons. Where is the loving and peaceful God in whom Zakeya believes? Nawal El Saadawi's classic attempt to square religion with a society in which women are respected as equals is as relevant today as ever.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
23
Section 4
35
Section 5
48
Section 6
57
Section 7
64
Section 8
75
Section 13
111
Section 14
118
Section 15
127
Section 16
149
Section 17
158
Section 18
163
Section 19
167
Section 20
169

Section 9
83
Section 10
90
Section 11
97
Section 12
102
Section 21
172
Section 22
174
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About the author (2007)

Nawal El Saadawi now works as a writer, psychiatrist and activist. Her many prizes and awards include the Great Minds of the Twentieth Century Prize, awarded by the American Biographical Institute in 2003, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe and the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2004. Her books have been translated into over 28 languages worldwide. They are taught in universities across the world. . . .

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