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Giants of Contemporary Arab Literature

Diary of a Child Called Souad

Authors: El Saadawi, Nawal

  • Diary of a Child Called Souad presents Nawal El Saadawi's earliest piece of creative writing. An autobiographical piece of fiction, the book explores the early years of a woman who later became one of the most challenging writers and activists of her time.

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About this book

Diary of a Child Called Souad is Nawal El Saadawi's first autobiography, written at the age of ten in the form of fiction as she explores her early awakening to the world around her. Now known for her bold spirit and probing mind, El Saadawi in this novel uncovers through a child's eyes the hypocritical values and traditions carried on by family, education, religion, and society. With amazing courage she weaves a tale of the fear, guilt, and repressive compliance forced upon her as a woman and upon her generation as the price to be paid for leading a civilized existence. Struggling to come to terms with taboos concerning her maturing body, the young Nawal's writing reveals the makings of a revolutionary spirit and relentlessly analytical mind. A must read for devotees of El Saadawi's writing to witness an early record of the maturing of her thoughts and the shaping of her ideas.

About the authors

Nawal El Saadawi, a leading Egyptian feminist, has spent her life campaigning for freedom and justice despite being imprisoned and threatened with death. She is the author of over fifty books, translated into some twenty languages, and is the founder of the Arab Women Solidarity Association in Egypt.

Omnia Amin is Professor of English Literature at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. She is an author and translator who works on the cutting edge concepts of quantum physics, the archetypes of mythology, the empowerment of women, and the spiritual evolution of humanity.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Why is Nawal El Saadawi Banned?

    Saadawi, Nawal

    Pages 1-24

  • Author’s Introduction

    Saadawi, Nawal

    Pages 25-26

  • Diary of a Child Called Souad

    Saadawi, Nawal

    Pages 29-151

  • Nawal El Saadawi and a History of Oppression: Brief Biographical Facts

    Saadawi, Nawal

    Pages 153-158

  • Interview with Nawal El Saadawi

    Amin, Omnia

    Pages 159-165

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58730-5
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58935-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58936-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Diary of a Child Called Souad
Authors
Translated by
Amin, O.
Series Title
Giants of Contemporary Arab Literature
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58730-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-58730-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58935-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-58936-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 168
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