'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.
As Firdaus sits in a grimy prison cell awaiting the relief that death will bring, she looks back at her life and what brought her to this point, from childhood cruelty to being forced into a marriage she did not want.
Firdaus narrates that she had been orphaned and then sent to secondary school. She did well at her school, but after her graduation, she was compelled to marry Sheikh Mahmoud. She describes him as a disgusting man who abused her both physically and emotionally. Once, he beats her very brutally. She cannot endure it anymore, and consequently leaves home and becomes a high-end prostitute. As a prostitute, she comes across several abusive and manipulative men. Ready Reference Treatise: Woman at Point Zero Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Major Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis
A fictional text of indescribable energy and strangeness, by an author living apparently someplace in Asia. We ourselves know almost nothing of this author, not even his real name, other than that he lives in a village and that he has an original and remarkable talent.