Nawal El Saadawi's books are known for their powerful denunciation of patriarchy in its many forms: social, political, and religious. Set in an insane asylum, The Innocence of the Devil is a complex and chilling novel that recasts the relationships of God and Satan, of good and evil. Intertwining the lives of two young women as they discover their sexual and emotional powers, Saadawi weaves a dreamlike narrative that reveals how the patriarchal structures of Christianity and Islam are strikingly similar: physical violation of women is not simply a social or political phenomenon, it is a religious one as well.
While more measured in tone than Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, Saadawi's novel is similar in its linguistic, literary, and philosophical richness. Evoking a world of pain and survival that may be unfamiliar to many readers, it speaks in a universal voice that reaches across cultures and is the author's most potent weapon.
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THE INNOCENCE OF THE DEVILUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Set in a madhouse, this modern passion play portrays Egypt's harsh patriarchal society and its devastating repression of women. Saadawi (Woman at Point Zero, not reviewed, etc.), a well- known ... Read full review
From Theology to Rape
The First Session
A Fight in the Night
Ganat in a Moment of Consciousness
And in the Beginning was the Serpent
Nefissa Stops Calling Out
Ganat Breaks Out
The Innocence of the Devil