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God Dies by the Nile and Other Novels

Collected for the first time in one complete volume, God Dies by the Nile and other Novels are three of El Saadawi’s most remarkable tales of tragedy, revenge, despair, and violence. Powerful and moving, El Saadawi masterfully captures the personal struggles of women in a society steeped in hypocrisy and reveals the daily revolt of women against the corrupt norms of the Arab world.


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Nawal el Saadawi’s classic tale attempts to square Islam with a society in which women are respected as equals is as relevant today as ever. ‘People have become corrupt everywhere. You can search in vain for Islam, or a devout Muslim. They no longer exist.’ Kafr El Teen is a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile. Yet at its heart it is tyrannical and corrupt. The Mayor, Sheikh Hamzawi of the mosque, and the Chief of the Village Guard are obsessed by wealth and use and abuse the women of the village, taking them as slaves, marrying them and beating them. Resistance, it seems, is futile. Zakeya, an ordinary villager, works in the fields by the Nile and watches the world, squatting in the dusty entrance to her house, quietly accepting her fate. It is only when her nieces fall prey to the Mayor that Zakeya becomes enraged by the injustice of her society and possessed by demons. Where is the loving and peaceful God in whom Zakeya believes?”

Weight 589.67 g
Dimensions 129 × 198 × 33 mm
Weight 589.67 g
Dimensions 129 × 198 × 33 mm









15 Nov 2015


Nawal El Saadaw


Zed Books


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Editorial Review

`Nawal El Saadawi writes with directness and passion'
New York Times

`The most influential feminist thinker in the Arab world over the past half-century.'
Financial Times

`The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world'
The Guardian

'A quietly formidable achievement; its understated evocation of tragedy and strength in the face of victimization make it a graceful classic'
Women's Review

`Powerfully political.'
Poetry Nation Review

`Nawal El Saadawi's achievement is to lay bare the thin flesh and huge passions of her characters.'
West Indian Digest