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  • Bibliography:
    15 Books
  • First Book:
    June 1983
  • Latest Book:
    July 2024
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Book List in Order: 15 titles



  • 'An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist.'
    The Times

    'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.'

    So begins Fir...



  • 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...



  • Bahiah Shaheen, an eighteen-year-old medical student and the daughter of a prominent Egyptian public official, finds the male students in her class coarse and alien. Her father, too, seems to belong to a race apart. Frustrated by her hard-working, we...




  • Hamida and Hamido are twins, grown from a single embryo inside one womb. Violently parted, they search the city in the darkening circles of a dream, only to find, lose and find each other, each time as if it were the first. Their journey -- terrif...



  • Nawal El Saadawi's books are known for their powerful denunciation of patriarchy in its many forms: social, political, and religious. Set in an insane asylum, The Innocence of the Devil is a complex and chilling novel that recasts the relationships o...



  • A young Egyptian woman clashes with her traditional family when she chooses a career in medicine. Rather than submit to an arranged marriage and motherhood, she cuts her hair short and works fiercely to realise her dreams. At medical school, she begi...



  • A woman disappears without trace. Nobody, including the police commissioner investigating the case, can understand how a woman could simply walk away, leaving husband and home behind. After all, in the Kingdom of Oil where His Majesty reigns supreme,...



  • Bint Allah knows herself only as the Daughter of God. Born in a stifling male-dominated state, ruled by the Imam and his coterie of ministers, she dreams of one day reaching the top of a distant hill visible through the bars of the orphanage window.B...






  • So begins Nawal El Saadawi's tenth novel. And indeed, when the famous Egyptian psychiatrist and writer released The Novel in 2005, it was banned all over the Arab world. But the novel inside The Novel is by a young woman-a woman who is only 23 years ...





  • Distinguished literary critic Bodour is trapped in a loveless marriage and carries with her a dark secret. She fell in love in her youth and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo.

    Bodour doe...





  • In Diary of a Child Called Souad, El Saadwi gives us a young female protagonist whose spirit longs for freedom from the restraints in her world that she does not understand. Through Souad’s eyes, we see the oppression of women within a household, a...



  • Three classic novels by renowned feminist writer and activist Nawal El Saadawi.

    A peasant family is torn apart by a village mayor and his lackeys in God Dies by the Nile, Saadawi's dark parable of poverty, female exploitation, injustic...


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Nawal El Saadawi has published 15 books.

The next book by Nawal El Saadawi, God Dies by the Nile and Other Novels, will be published in July 2024.

The first book by Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero, was published in June 1983.

No. Nawal El Saadawi does not write books in series.