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Perempuan di Titik Nol

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From her prison cell, Firdaus, sentenced to die for having killed a pimp in a Cairo street, tells of her life from village childhood to city prostitute. Society's retribution for her act of defiance--death--she welcomes as the only way she can finally be free.
Published 2002 by Yayasan Obor Indonesia (first published 1975)
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Rowena
Feb 23, 2014 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A new world was opening up in front of my eyes, a world which for me had not existed before. Maybe it had always been there, always existed, but I had never seen it, never realized it had been there all the time. How was it that I had been blind to its existence all these years?”- Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero

I was told by a friend that the German title for this book is translated as “I Spit on You,” and it makes a lot of sense after you read the book, because that will probably be y
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Alice
Jun 30, 2013 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised when I saw the rating for Woman at Point Zero . To me, it was a solid five-star book. When I scrolled through the reviews, I noticed many, many five star and four star reviews, but there was a pervasive theme of how she seemed unrelatable and fake. I completely disagree.

First of all, Woman at Point Zero is a short read, 114 pages at the most. In three chapters, Firdaus' life story is framed by the author's own narrative, which develops from vaguely superior and curious to shoc
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Lisa
Revisiting my Nobels always also includes guessing and hoping for a favourite to receive this year's award. Nawal El-Saadawi has been on my wish list for the Nobel Prize in Literature for many, many years, ever since she dragged me into the scary universe of Two Women in One, showing the double life of women in Egypt, conforming to rules set by men while letting their creativity and independence gain power within their own minds.

The Swedish Academy being what it is, it would be completely unhear
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Paul
Oct 22, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping that Saadawi would win the Nobel Prize this time round; sadly it wasn’t to be. However I suspect she was not surprised, as she says;
“I am still ignored by big literary powers in the world, because I write in Arabic, and also because I am critical of the colonial, capitalist, racist, patriarchal mind set of the super-powers.”
However she is much more than just a novelist/writer; she originally trained as a doctor, then went into politics (Public Health). She lost her job because of p
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Shayma Nofal
Mar 23, 2013 Shayma Nofal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
افضل هذا النوع من الاعمال الادبيه الذى يعكس واقع ويخدم بشكل مباشر قضيه انسانيه حاملا رساله واضحه.. انها ليست مجرد روايه مأساويه انتهت بجريمه او تفاصيل جريئه من اجل التسليه وجذب القراء كما يظن القارئ الساذج، انها تتناول بصدق واقع المرأه العربيه ووضعها مقارنه بوضع الرجل فى مجتمع مزدوج سياساته العامه هى الظلم والقهر.. مجتمع السلطه فيه تمنح للاسوأ والاكثر جشعا وفسادا ومجونا وقد اثبت الذكر –والتاريخ خير شاهد- انه الجنس الانسب والاكثر جداره لمهام كهذه!! .. اما بالنسبه للمرأه فى مجتمعنا فهى ببساطه لن ت ...more
Sinem
Jul 10, 2015 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yazarın Mısır'da Kanatır cevaevinde görüştüğü idam mahkumu bir kadının hikayesi. Karar vermek zor; insan olarak mı yoksa kadın olarak mı daha çok etkilendim?
Gerçekliğine inanmak istemeyeceğimiz kadar gerçek maalesef.
Arzu
Jan 07, 2014 Arzu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neval El Seddavi'nin biyografik romanı.. İdam mahkumu Firdevs'in yaşam öyküsünü, onun dilinden duru bir şekilde anlatıyor. Firdevs, Mısırlı bir fahişe..

Kitabı okurken kölelik, esaret, korku, güç, gerçek kavramlarını bir daha düşünmenize sebep oluyor.. Bi' çırpıda bitip, vurucu ve farklı bir lezzet bırakıyor..

"..gerçeği hiç zorluk çekmeden anlatıyorum. Çünkü gerçek kolay ve yalındır. Bu yalınlığın içinde de vahşi bir güç yatar. Yaşamın vahşi, ilkel gerçeklerine ancak yıllar süren bir savaşımın so
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Robert Hironimus-Wendt
I was reluctant to read this book. First and foremost, I am not a fan of biography, nor do I enjoy fiction. And this book sounded like the kind that crosses the boundary between both. And when I learned the book was a biography about one woman's execution for killing a man, I was convinced I would not enjoy reading it. Intellectually, I am a sociologist. I am intrigued by structures of power, by the structure of inequality and inequity. I am always looking for the forest, not the trees. I seek t ...more
Sweetdhee


terlalu pahit untuk ditelan

Kurang lebih sepuluh tahun yang lalu Uda Ari, tetangga kos di pogung 37a, menyarankan saya untuk membaca buku ini.
Katanya, akan banyak pelajaran dalam menjadi seorang wanita yang sesungguhnya dari buku ini.
Sangat cocok untuk saya yang ketika itu sangat tidak ingin merasa kalah dari siapa pun, terutama lelaki.

"Trus, maksudnya titik nol di judulnya itu apa, Da?"
"Baca dulu makanya, Diet. Nanti pasti ngerti deh maksudnya apa."

Kurang lebih sepuluh tahun setelahnya, saya mem
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Zeren
Sep 22, 2016 Zeren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ne diyeceğini bilmediği anlar, genelde söyleyecek çok şeyi olduğu anlar oluyor insanın. Şu kadarını diyeyim ki nice devrimci metinden, romandan, söylevden daha devrimci, çatır çatır bir hikaye Firdevs'in hikayesi. Bu fahişenin hikayesini okuyun lütfen. Okuyun ve söylediklerine gücünüz ve dürüstlüğünüz yetiyorsa cevap verin.
Nnedi
Apr 06, 2016 Nnedi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved this slim novel since I read it for the first time in an undergrad literature class. It's beautifully written, addictive as heck and features a harrowing main character. It's simply written and that gives room for the complex narrative (this my favorite type of writing). This book was an enormous influence on my own novel Who Fears Death. And rereading it really reminded me why.
أميرة هاني
Jan 23, 2012 أميرة هاني rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender
من الطرائف في مجتمعاتنا العربية أنه بدلا من مناقشة مشاكلنا والبحث عن أسبابها وكيفية حلها، يتم الاستخفاف بمثيري المشاكل وإسكاتهم تجنبا لبذل الجهد ووجع الدماغ. المثال الكلاسيكي لذلك هو قضية المرأة. حالهاعندنا -مقارنة بدول العالم الأول والثالث- متردي دون شك، ولا يجادل في ذلك عاقل. مؤشرات الفجوة مخزية بين الجنسين في الحصول على الخدمات التعليمية والصحية والتمكين الاقتصادي والسياسي في منطقتنا الحبيبة التي تُعرف في علم الاجتماع بمنطقة الحزام الأبوي. Patriarchal Belt
فترتيب مصر مثلا هذا العام في مؤشر الف
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Niledaughter
Arabic & English :

احترت في تقييم الرواية ما بين نجمتين و ثلاث !
أسلوب الكاتبة بوجه عام ممل و به كثير من التكرار مما جعل قراءة الرواية في جلسة واحد عسيراً بالرغم من صغر حجمها!
تناقش الرواية أشكال قهرالرجل للمرأة جسدياً و نفسياً ، و ذلك من خلال شخصية واحدة محورية (فردوس) ،التي نشأت و مضت حياتها متخبطة بين شخصيات مشوهة .. مريضة ومزدوجة المعايير في كل ما يخص العلاقات الانسانية على كل مستواياتها ، لتكون فردوس في النهاية شخصية مريضة مثيرة للشفقة ، يتعاطف معها القارئ ،مع وحدتها و قهرها ،آلامها و انصا
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Ola
Sep 28, 2012 Ola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اكتر من رائعة شخصية فردوس تجبر كل من يقرأ هذة الرواية ان ينحنى لها احتراما هى ليس مومس هى ببساطة ضحية مجتمع قذر مليىء بالوسخات
Ana
Jan 05, 2011 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hati-hati jika Anda ingin membaca buku ini, terutama kaum perempuan. Karena begitu Anda terbius di kalimat pertama, maka Anda tidak akan berhenti sampai halaman terakhir. Isinya begitu memabukkan dan membius pikiran-pikiran wanita tentang feminisme.

Firadus, seorang perempuan yang memiliki masa kecil menyedihkan, hanya karena dia perempuan. Ia mengutarakan kisah hidupnya, bagaimana gambaran kehidupan perempuan di negeri-negeri Dunia Ketiga. Ada suatu kalimat di novel ini yang mungkin dapat membe
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
My first YA book for young girls, and had helped girls finish college and avoid early marriages and teen pregnancies.

"Firdaus" is its alternative title because it is based on a real character by that name, an Egyptian woman who was imprisoned and executed in 1974. She had suffered physical and emotional abuse from all the men in her life: from her own father, her husband, her customers as a prostitute and her last tormentor, the pimp whom she killed and for which crime she lost her life. The pro
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Josh
Aug 14, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"I knew that my profession had been invented by men, and that men were in control of both our worlds, the one on earth, and the one in heaven. That men force women to sell their bodies at a price, and that the lowest paid body is that of a wife. All women are prostitutes of one kind or another. Because I was intelligent I preferred to be a free prostitute, rather than an enslaved wife."

Powerfully evocative. Powerfully true. A society that teaches this, that condones this, is powerfully wrong.
Mariam
Feb 18, 2016 Mariam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have triumphed over both life and death because I no longer desire to live, nor do I any longer fear death. I want nothing. I hope for nothing. Therefore I am free. For during life it is our wants, our hopes, our fears that enslave us. The freedom I enjoy fills them (the patriarchy) with anger."
I could not help but make a strong connection between the main character Firdous and Camus's philosophical approach to The Myth of Sisyphus. Firdous truly is, as El Saadawi concludes, "more courageou
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Pera
Jul 25, 2007 Pera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perempuan, laki2, apalagi aktivis gender...wajib banget!
Shelves: gender
buku kecil ini bagiku punya kekuatan tersendiri. firdaus membuat malu orang-orang yang merasa bersih. dia menyindir perempuan yang hanya punya cita-cita menikah dengan perempuan murahan, bahkan lebih murah dari pelacur seperti firdaus...hahahah
caranya memaki laki-laki dan kehidupan...
firdaus mengendalikan hidupnya sendiri...
dan rela mati ketika kendali itu diambil
keberaniannya memang mebuatku iri...
wak pokoke banyak yang bisa dipahami dari buku tipis ini...

Claire McAlpine
Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned writer, novelist and fighter for woman's rights, who was born in a village outside Cairo, Egypt. When she was practicing as a psychiatrist in the 1970's she had the opportunity while conducting research into the neurosis of Egyyptian women, to meet with a woman who had been imprisoned for killing a man, a woman who was to be executed by hanging. The woman had refused to speak to anyone until that point, had also refused to sign an appeal to the Pre ...more
Julie
Feb 15, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves a solid five stars, I thought it was wonderful! Basically, the story is said by the main character, Firdaus, which takes place in the second chapter, but it's her speaking to a doctor that wants to learn about her life. In this book, you learn about a girl that gets abused by men, at a young age, she was taken advantage of by a boy and his uncle because she was still too young to understand the private parts that she should be aware of. Hey uncle would secretly touch her above ...more
Azra Šabovic
Oct 01, 2013 Azra Šabovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very glad I have had the pleasure of reading one of the, definitely, captivating books. I do not usually write the reviews for the books, but this one deserves to be memorized and taken to heart.

In the novel “Woman at Point Zero”, El Saadawi uses the shifts in the symbol of money that mirrors shifts in characterization of Firdaus. Using the motif of rebirth in order to show how the character grew despite her cruel world of injustice. Despite the many bad times, in the end, Firdaus is recog
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Isabella
Jan 27, 2014 Isabella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones
Woman at Point Zero is the story of Firdaus, a girl born in Egypt to a poor family. Even though she is intelligent, resourceful, and ambitious, there aren’t a lot of choices for her as a woman in her society. She is fortunate to have a secondary school certificate, but after being abused by family members, strangers and even her husband, she realizes that being a prostitute is a better way of living - at least she chooses how to live and chooses her own worth. Firdaus tells the story in prison, ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It's pretty sad when a woman lives in a society in which she feels that she's best off if she's a prostitute! Firdaus is a victim of the Egyptian culture around her, which allows men to beat women and where girls are valued mainly for their reproductive and servile qualities. Firdaus longs for true freedom to decide her own fate. During most of this story, however, her fate is controlled by others--her father, her husband, her pimp, the man who gives her shelter, the woman Sharifa. Even those, l ...more
Shafika A. Ghani
This book evoked my feminist sentiments as much as Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar did. Perhaps even more so because this book delves in the topic of Women in Islam. I love the way Sadawi wrote about being a woman in the Arab world or being a muslim woman but her sentiments transcends cultures and class so in the end, it was about just being a woman in a Man's world. I dream of reading this book in Arabic one day and I wonder how that would feel, comparatively.

What gripped me the most was her dealings w
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Carmen
Nov 14, 2012 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional book written by an Egyptian feminist of renown who practiced her craft as a psychologist in a culture where women are oppressed by religion, politics, and misogyny on a daily basis. This book engages the reader to understand a woman's plight in prison, and how she decides to take destiny into her own hands as she recounts her life to a visiting psychologist. It's a story about persecution, empowerment and finding the courage to take a stand in a world that is dominated and controlled ...more
Noran
Apr 20, 2013 Noran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لعب فيها الرجال كلعبة ولم يدركو انها فتاة شرقيه عندما تحقد عليك تنهيك يالك من امراة غظيمه يا فردوس

ادركت من روايت فردوس
ان الرجال
عقولهم مشوهه بالمال يطنون ان المال يجعل المراه تبيع شرفها ولا يعلمون ان الشرف اغلى بكثير من ما سيدفع
كلامهم كله غزل والمشكله ان لا رقيب عليهم
يردون ان تطيعمم المراة فى كل شىء مهما كانو على خطا يطنون انفسهم على صواب
وان لم توافق يفعل ما يشاء غصبنا عنها وبدون اردتها

تعلمت منكى ان اقف امام كل شىء حتى لو كان ذالك سيكلفنى موتى
وان فى هاذه الدنيا لا يوجد مستحيل

^^
Raquel Flockhart
Jan 28, 2016 Raquel Flockhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una lectura tan dura como necesaria. Nawal El Saadawi narra la brutal historia de Firdaus, una mujer egipcia ejecutada en 1974 tras ser condenada a muerte por el asesinato de su proxeneta. Se trata de una denuncia a la opresión, el maltrato y la humillación sufrida por miles de mujeres en el mundo árabe, pero que puede extrapolarse a cualquier otra parte del mundo. Un libro imprescindible, pero en el que se aprecian un par de escenas completamente ficticias que empañan un poco (mínimamen ...more
Sally  Al Haq
فردوس مش مومس, كل الى كانوا فى حياتها هما الى كانوا ولاد كلب!
الكتاب موجع!
لكن أدبياً كان ضعيف فى الكثير من المناطق.
Asu
Jul 14, 2014 Asu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Etkilendiğim, içinden çıkmakta zorlandığım kitaplardan oldu... Women's studies derslerine tekrar döndüm. içim acıdı. Kadının güçlülüğünü takdir ettim sadece..
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Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوي) was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. Unusually, she and her brothers and sisters were educated together, and she graduated from the University of Cairo Medical School in 1955, specializing in psychiatry. For two years, she practiced as a medical doctor, both at the university and in her native Tahla.

From 1963 until 1972, Saadawi worked as Dir
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