Egyptian author, activist, and physician Nawal El-Saadawi died earlier today March 21, 2021.
Nawal El Saadawi is one of the most prolific writers to ever walk on the planet. The Egyptian writer who writes in Arabic has dozens of novels, short story collections, plays, and memoirs. The most famous of her novels in the English-speaking world is Woman at Point Zero which was published in 1975 and translated in 1980. The novel is based on Saadawi’s encounter with a female prisoner in Qanatir Prison and is the first-person account of Firdaus, a murderess who has agreed to tell her life story before her execution. It explores the issues of the subjugation of women, female circumcision, and women’s freedom in a patriarchal society.
Saadawi, who passed away at the age of 89, had been battling a health crisis that had her hospitalized.