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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 Death She Welcomes As The Only Way She Can Finally Be Free


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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 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 learn about 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, and understanding 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 for Woman at Point Zero To 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 Zero is 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 are than 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 s than 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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    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


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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 much than 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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    Los pelos de punta me ha puesto esta historia a lo largo de sus p ginas Y me ha provocado rabia, mucha rabia.En este libro vamos a conocer a Firdaus, una mujer condenada a la pena de muerte, que como ltima voluntad decide contar la historia de su vida Su vida nos ser narrada a trav s de las p ginas de una forma r pida y directa, pero no exenta de mucho dolor Nuestra protagonista nacer en Egipto, y desde bien temprano descubrir que ninguna mujer es libre en su pa s Todas son esclavas de los hombres Primero lo ser de su padre, luego de su t o, despu s de su marido, y as , se ir n sucediendo un sin fin de personajes masculinos, que solo se acercar n a ella para sacar provecho Como si fuera un simple objeto al que se le pudiera sacar todo el beneficio posible Estas situaciones la ir n llevando a una tristeza y a una desesperaci n cada vez m s grande, hasta que pierda toda la esperanza ante la vida Y se vuelva insensible.Esta es una obra incre ble, pero de una gran dureza Cuesta creer que la autora tuviera el valor de hacer un retrato tan crudo y ta directo de la sociedad machista egipcia en el 1973 Aunque bueno, a d a de hoy, seguir a siendo algo tremendamente valiente De hecho, libros como este y otros muchos que tiene, le valieron ser despedida de diferentes trabajos, encarcelada, e incluso, tener que exiliarse en EEUU por ser amenazada de muerte por terroristas.La reflexi n m s interesante de la novela, viene a confirmar lo que la autora sufri despu s por escribir los libros que escribi La verdad es mucho m s peligrosa y poderosa que la muerte, y quien no quiere oirla tratar de acallarla con violencia Y no hay mejor arma contra esta que la verdad En definitiva, un libro super recomendable, pero incre blemente duro Un libro que nos habla sobre la situaci n de la mujer en Egipto, un pa s donde la violaci n y el maltrato por parte del hombre est completamente interiorizada en la sociedad, hasta tal punto que la mujer no solo es culpable de los actos que el hombre hace, si no tambi n lo es de los actos a los que este le obliga Otro libro maravilloso para que las personas se eduquen.


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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 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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    Yazar n M s r da Kanat r cevaevinde g r t idam mahkumu bir kad n n hikayesi Karar vermek zor insan olarak m yoksa kad n olarak m daha ok etkilendim Ger ekli ine inanmak istemeyece imiz kadar ger ek maalesef.


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    Tokat gibi arp yor insan n surat na