By Nawal El Saadawi
This is the 1st quantity of the autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, giving an emotionally shattering, yet splendidly lyrical, portrait of her adolescence in a distant Egyptian village -- the early life that produced the liberty fighter. She describes vividly the tradition of where and time into which she used to be born and likewise her intuitive -- and encouraging -- wish to go beyond the constraints compelled upon her as a result of her gender. From the very commence, escaping the take hold of of attainable marriage on the age of ten, we see how she moulded her personal artistic energy right into a weapon and the way using phrases grew to become an act of uprising opposed to injustice, top first to her profession as a physician and finally to her iconic prestige as a novelist and political activist.
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It was my grandfather and my grandfather was the husband of my grandmother Amna. He married her and she bore his six children, Ni’mat, Fahima, Zaynab, Hanem, Yehia and Zakareya, four girls and two boys. She was fourteen when he married her and he was eighteen years older. They had nothing in common except the written paper which said they were married. ‘Marriage’ was a mysterious word surrounded by secrets. Whenever it rang out in the air, my aunt Ni’mat’s face went pale, and the lips of Aunt Fahima curled in scorn.
He chose Muhammad Effendi Al‑Shami for me, but the man didn’t even enter into me. We just signed the marriage contract and the Religious festival after the fasting month of Ramadan, also known as the festival of the Sacriﬁce. Fate. ’ The fingers of my aunt Rokaya would come to a stop. She would lift her tired eyes to Aunt Ni’mat’s face and exclaim with a gasp, ‘That’s terrible, Ni’mat Hanem. You mean to say you’re still a virgin. May God smite him low wherever he may be. But never mind. Everything can be made up for, and everything is sent by Allah.
They said he had inherited the features of his maternal uncles, but my grandmother, Hajja Mabrouka, was not so happy with his features. She wanted her first grandson to inherit the features of his father, Al‑Sayed Effendi, to take after his father, the man, and not his mother, the woman, to inherit his complexion burnt dark by the sun, a sign of manliness, and the large black eyes shining like pieces of the black precious stone in the Holy Sanctuary of Mecca. She wanted to name him Muhammad like the Prophet, but Shoukry Bey decided that his name should be Tala’at like his great-grandfather, Tala’at Pasha, who was buried in Istanbul.
A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi, 2nd ed. by Nawal El Saadawi