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The Selected Works of Nawal El Saadawi

Translations from Arabic by Catherine Cobham, Osman Nusairi and Amira Nowaira.
Limited Edition Hardback finished in gold foil with coloured end papers | 216mm by 140mm | 448 pages

©Tom Pilston

Nawal El Saadawi (1931-2021) was a prominent Egyptian writer and activist renowned internationally for her influential contributions to feminist literature and her outspoken critique of gender inequality and oppression.

With a repertoire of over fifty novels, short stories, and essays, El Saadawi fearlessly tackled taboo subjects such as female genital mutilation, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Her unwavering dedication to challenging oppressive systems and advocating for women’s rights earned her international recognition and numerous accolades including honorary doctorates from prestigious universities and awards such as the Council of Europe North-South Prize, Women of the Year Award (UK), Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland), and the National Order of Merit (France).

Throughout her life, El Saadawi faced persecution and censorship due to her radical views and activism. She endured imprisonment for her political beliefs and experienced periods of exile. However, she remained resolute in her commitment to raising her voice against gender-based violence, religious oppression, and other forms of social injustice.

Nawal El Saadawi passed away on March 21, 2021, leaving behind a remarkable legacy as a trailblazing feminist figure and a prolific voice in the fight for gender equality.


Novels included in this volume:  

Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, a coming-of-age story of a woman striving for freedom in a male-dominated world. This classic feminist novel remains as thought-provoking today as when it was first published.

Two Women in One, a powerful story of a modern Egyptian woman’s quest for emancipation and dignity.

Zeina, a tale about regret, loss and the courage it takes for a mother to face up to the mistakes of her past set against the backdrop of revolution in Cairo.


"Nawal El Saadawi's work is a testament to the power of literature as a tool for social change." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

" 'At a time when nobody else was talking, she spoke the unspeakable.' Nawal El Saadawi is one of the most courageous writers of her generation." - Margaret Atwood

"El Saadawi's literary works are a testament to her unwavering commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized women and dismantling oppressive structures." - Nobel laureate, Leymah Gbowee

‘El Saadawi writes with directness and passion' - New York Times

"El Saadawi is a beacon of hope and an indomitable spirit, a woman whose words and actions have inspired countless others." - The Guardian

"El Saadawi's writing is both lyrical and piercing, exposing the deepest layers of gender inequality and oppression." - The New York Times

"Nawal El Saadawi's fearless voice has ignited a revolution in feminist discourse, challenging established norms and demanding justice for women." - Time Magazine

"El Saadawi's writings are a rallying cry for equality, a fierce condemnation of patriarchal systems, and a testament to the resilience and strength of women." - The Independent

"Nawal El Saadawi is a visionary writer who fearlessly explores the intersections of gender, power, and society. Her words have the power to transform minds and inspire change." - The Huffington Post

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