- Series: Literature of the Middle East
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (November 18, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520088883
- ISBN-13: 978-0520088887
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this highly literary, Kafkaesque account, Saadawi, an Egyptian feminist, doctor, activist and author of books on female sexuality, recalls her imprisonment in 1981 for "attack[ing] the ruling system". While her case was investigated, Saadawi spent 22 days in jail, getting out when President Sadat was assassinated. In meticulous detail and understated language, she describes nightmarish experiences in a tomb-like women's cell with other political prisoners-both intellectuals and Islamic fundamentalists. She observes, "Time and the wall have merged into one. The air is motionless. Nothing moves around me except the cockroaches and rats, as I lie on a thin rubber mattress which gives off the odour of old urine, my empty handbag placed under my head." There is an honest, reflective quality to her writing, and her plight evokes outrage and sympathy. Yet there is a certain paranoia as well, that of someone on the far left who viewed Islamic extremists as allies in the fight for national unity against a government controlled by foreigners, someone who volunteered to fight with Palestinian guerillas in Jordan and saw herself as being victimized because of her opposition to Sadat's policies of peace with Israel.
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"Lively, touching, and highly readable, making us relive with the author the shock of arrest, the dirt and horror of jail, and the nagging uncertainty about when or whether she would be released."--"The Middle East
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