A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, by Nawal El Saadawi PDF

By Nawal El Saadawi

ISBN-10: 184813231X

ISBN-13: 9781848132313

This is the 1st quantity of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, giving an emotionally shattering, yet splendidly lyrical, portrait of her youth in a distant Egyptian village -- the formative years that produced the liberty fighter. She describes vividly the tradition of where and time into which she was once born and likewise her intuitive -- and encouraging -- wish to go beyond the constraints compelled upon her as a result of her gender. From the very commence, escaping the seize of attainable marriage on the age of ten, we see how she moulded her personal artistic energy right into a weapon and the way using phrases grew to become an act of uprising opposed to injustice, best first to her profession as a doctor and eventually to her iconic prestige as a novelist and political activist.

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Every husband had to beat his bride on the wedding night before he did anything else. She had to try the taste of his stick before she could sample the taste of his food so that she would know that Allah was above, and her husband below, and she should be ready for a beating if she did not do as she was told. God Above, Husband Below 35 On the night of her wedding Sittil Hajja was only ten years old. She had not yet had her period. Habash bore down on her as she stuffed her tarha into her mouth to stifle the screams.

Her name was buried with her body and disappeared from history. Ever since I took hold of a pen in my fingers, I have fought against history, struggled against the falsifications in official registers. I wish I could efface my grandfather Al-Saadawi from my name and replace it with my mother’s name, Zaynab. It was she who taught me the letters of the alphabet: alif, beh, teh, geem, dal, all the way to heh, wow, lamalif, yeh. She used to press her hand on mine and make me write the four Arabic letters of my name.

A bride should not scream or else she would be stung by a cane, or by the neighbour’s tongues, and neither she nor her father would be able to face the village. After several years, three or four, according to Sittil Hajja, her belly rose up in a first pregnancy and my father was born. She took care to make sure that the male organ was there between his thighs before letting out a resounding ‘yoo-yoo’. She fought against the fever that seized hold of her and overcame it, thanks to her great joy at having given birth to a male child.

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