Daughter of the Nile: Tribute to author Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal Saadawi.

Egyptian author and activist Nawal Saadawi. 

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What you need to know:

  •  Her life and literary works have been consistent in fighting against oppression.

In many ways, writing is… an aggressive, even a hostile act. You can disguise its aggressiveness all you want with veils of subordinate clauses and qualifiers and tentative subjunctives, with ellipses and evasions—with the whole manner of intimating rather than claiming, of alluding rather than stating—but there’s no getting around the fact that setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully, an invasion, an imposition of the writer’s sensibility on the reader’s most private space”.


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