A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi

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Born in a small Egyptian village in 1931, she eluded the grasp of suitors, before whom she was displayed when she was still ten years old, and went on to qualify as a medical doctor. In 1969, she published her first work of non-fiction, Women and Sex; in 1972, her writings and her struggles led to her dismissal from her job. From then on there was no respite: imprisonment under Sadat in 1981 was the culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women's social and intellectual freedom; in 1992, her name appeared on a death list issued by a fundamentalist group, after which she went into exile for five years. Since then, she has devoted her time to writing novels and essays and to her activities as a worldwide speaker on women's issues.
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