Woman at Point Zero

Nawal El Saadawi

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The story of Firdaus, one of the greatest characters ever created in fiction.

'An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist.'
The Times

'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.'

So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either. As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth – that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing.

This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

Author Bio

Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for women’s rights both within Egypt and abroad. She holds honorary doctorates from, among others, the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso as well as Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Her many prizes and awards include the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2003, the Council of Europe North–South Prize in 2004, the Women of the Year Award (UK) in 2011, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland) in 2012, and the French National Order of Merit in 2013. Her books have been translated into over forty languages worldwide. They are taught in universities across the world.


‘An all-encompassing and blood-curdling indictment of patriarchal society.’
The Guardian

'An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist.'
The Times

‘Nawal El Saadawi writes with directness and passion.’
New York Times

'This novella opened my eyes to the ideas of power structures.'
Ailah Ahmed, Stylist

'This book will look you dead in the eye… I thoroughly recommend this book because it will make you examine the ways in which people in impossible situations can retain dignity and control over themselves. Read it wide-eyed.'
Books By Broads

‘This extraordinary novel forces us to the edge, and deep inside what must be one of the worst tales of women’s oppression, while somehow managing to inspire hope, if only through the courage of Nawal El Saadawi for being one of the first to tell this story to the world.’
Jacqueline Rose


Publication Date: 15 October 2015
160 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback 3rd Edition: 9781783605941
Hardback 3rd Edition: 9781783605958
eBook ePub 3rd Edition: 9781783607426
eBook PDF 3rd Edition: 9781783607419
eBook Kindle 3rd Edition: 9781783607433
Library Edition 2nd Edition: 9781842778722

Previous Editions: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781842778739
Paperback 1st Edition: 9780862321109
Library Edition 1st Edition: 9780862325176

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