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Saqi Books, 2011 - Fiction - 251 pages
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"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.

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User Review  - olduvai - LibraryThing

I’ve been wondering what to say about this book for over a week now. While I like reading translated books (and I made it my personal goal this month to read more translated works – quick update: I am ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

The pain of women living in a brutal patriarchal society is not an easy subject but this author writes with passion and courage and I was grateful to have received this book from early reviewers. From ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Nawal El Saadawi: Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned Egyptian writer, feminist and psychiatrist. Her works have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Amira Nowaira: Amira Nowaira is currently Professor of English Literature at Alexandria University, Egypt, She has published extensively in various fields including English, Arabic and comparative literature, Arab women’s writing and translation. She is a co-editor of Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region (The Feminist Press February 2009).

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