Nawal El Saadawi

Standard Name: El Saadawi, Nawal
Birth Name: Nawal El Saadawi
Egyptian feminist author NES wrote hard-hitting polemic on social and political topics (unjust legal systems, interrogation, censorship, misuse of political power) and especially women's topics—clitoridectomy, prostitution, forced marriage, rape, honour killing, the hijab, and other burning issues for Islamic women, for whom, says the Feminist Companion, she was [t]he outstanding voice. The same source notes that her speeches combine psychiatric acuity, the authority of personal experience, and political courage.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
She published a number of novels (her favourite genre) and short stories, two volumes of autobiography, and untranslated plays and travel writing: fifty-five books, translated into more than thirty languages.
Khaleeli, Homa. “’I have a rebel gene’”. The Guardian, pp. G2: 18 - 20.
19-20
She began publishing her prolific output in Arabic; not all of her works have reached English, and for years a long time-lag typically intervened before they were translated. This makes for a complicated and confusing bibliography. Her work has now become sought-after by publishers in the English-speaking world
Colour photo of Nawal El Saadawi at the Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden, 2010. She is leaning forward speaking animatedly into a microphone, wearing a blue jacket and a thin pink scarf. Her white hair is tied in two long  bunches.
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1984
The publishing company Saqi Books was founded in London by André Gaspard and Mai Ghoussoub (sculptor and writer) to bridge the divide between Middle Eastern and Western cultures. It publishes a highly international list.