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 formative years 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 in addition her intuitive -- and encouraging -- wish to go beyond the constraints pressured upon her due to 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 inventive strength right into a weapon and the way using phrases grew to become an act of uprising opposed to injustice, major first to her profession as a physician and eventually to her iconic prestige as a novelist and political activist.
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Everyone described him as a lovely child. 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.
Then the family of Al‑Saadawi, from Kafr Tahla, with their dark, dusty faces, and the bare skin of their cracked heels looking out from under the hem of their long garments. The smell of mud and sweat in the threadbare gallabeyas, the long robes worn by peasants, mingled with the sweet scent of French perfumes in the flowing silk dresses and the smell of whiskey and dark tobacco rising from the foreign cut suits made of English wool. The Cry in the Night 21 My peasant grandmother Sittil Hajja, my father’s mother, in 1947 in the village of Kafr Talha.
To struggle against death, to exist now, or even forever? When I was a child, when I was still young the word eternity held for me a magic, like that of the gods. Now its spell has gone. The very word makes me impatient. Things that never end are only boring, and were it not for death, life would be an impossible burden. Am I trying to discover what is buried deep down inside me, to reveal what is hidden through fear of God, the father, the husband, the teacher, the male or female friend or colleague, through fear of the nation to which we belong, or those we love?
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