In1981, the celebrated author and activist Nawal el Saadawi was imprisoned by theSadat regime in her native Egypt, for ‘crimes against the state’. Throughhaunting and evocative prose, Saadawi here recounts how she and her fellowprisoners continued to resist even in captivity, and to form a community whichtranscended divisions between secular and religious activists. She reveals boththe harrowing detail and the everyday mundanity of prison life, as well as the braveryand resolve of all women resisting oppression – and of political prisoners aroundthe world.
Memoirs from the Women’sPrison is an unforgettable, landmarkwork of prison writing that offers a rare insight into the indomitable, soaringliterary mind of the Arab world’s leading feminist.
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