Nawal El Saadawi interviewed

// 19 April 2010

Egyptian radical feminist Nawal El Saadawi was interviewed by the Guardian last week.

I’ve only read Memoirs from the Women’s Prison, which charts her 1981 imprisonment for ‘crimes against the State’. So I am probably coming at her all backwards, never having read her novels, given she says in this interview:

El Saadawi is “a novelist first, a novelist second, a novelist third”, she says, but it is feminism that unites her work. “For me feminism includes everything,” she says. “It is social justice, political justice, sexual justice . . . It is the link between medicine, literature, politics, economics, psychology and history. Feminism is all that. You cannot understand the oppression of women without this.”

Definitely worth reading the interview to get a taste of her controversial and interesting style.

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