By Nawal El Saadawi

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This is the 1st quantity of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, giving an emotionally shattering, yet splendidly lyrical, portrait of her adolescence in a distant Egyptian village -- the early life 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 pressured upon her due to her gender. From the very commence, escaping the clutch 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 turned an act of uprising opposed to injustice, major first to her occupation as a doctor and eventually to her iconic prestige as a novelist and political activist.

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She would sweep me up in her arms, hold me to her breast, feed me. Her smell has never left my nostrils. It is as though it were the smell of my body. It belongs with the smell of fresh milk and hot bread and of steam rising from soup in the cold of winter. She lay sick in bed for two years, in the yellow brass bed with the four posts. The same bed in which she lay on her wedding night, and in which she gave birth to nine children: three boys and six girls. The first child was one year older than me, and they called him the eldest brother.

Ever since I was born God seems to have fated me to suffer. My luck is as dark as soot, may God help me. He chose Muhammad Effendi Al‑Shami for me, but the man didn’t even enter into me. We just signed the marriage contract and the  Religious festival after the fasting month of Ramadan, also known as the festival of the Sacrifice.  Fate. ’ The fingers of my aunt Rokaya would come to a stop. She would lift her tired eyes to Aunt Ni’mat’s face and exclaim with a gasp, ‘That’s terrible, Ni’mat Hanem.

The bellies that gave birth to the beys and the pashas are not different from your belly, Mabrouka.  Provincial capital about forty miles north of Cairo.  District of Cairo near the religious institution of Al-Azhar. The Citadel itself is a fortress palace built on a hill by Salah Al‑Dine Al‑Ayoubi.  The higher institute for study of the Arabic language from which graduated the teachers greatly esteemed when the national movement for independence was ­g rowing.  Misr: Egypt, but here it meant Cairo.

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