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Sfigurata. La coraggiosa testimonianza della giornalista televisiva saudita massacrata dal marito

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Il 4 ottobre 2004 Rania al-Baz, una delle pochissime giornaliste televisive dell'Arabia Saudita, giovane, bella e senza velo, viene massacrata di botte dal secondo marito. Le foto con il suo viso fratturato in 14 punti fanno il giro del mondo e lei diventa una nuova bandiera per chi combatte per i diritti delle donne nei Paesi islamici. Con questo libro Rania vuole lanciar ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published 2006 by Sonzogno (first published 2005)
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Sabrina Rutter
Though Rania's bruised, and battered face has been splashed all over the world from various media sources I had never seen it, nor had I heard her story. I make it a point not to investigate things further until I'm half way through a book, or finished with it. As soon as I read about the attack on her by her husband I did a google image search, and was instantly in tears at what I saw.

This is the story of how an extraordinarily beautiful Saudi woman came to be a famous news broadcaster. In it
This is a pretty compelling story: a young Saudi wife and mother becomes one of the first female TV journalists in the country, and after her husband beats her nearly to death she becomes an activist for women's rights. Domestic violence had been endemic in Saudi Arabia but was pretty much ignored before the attack on Rania Al-baz; her status as a celebrity brought it to the forefront and made headlines around the planet. Rania justly points out that her husband's abuse had nothing to do with re ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
An outstanding autobiography written by the first young female Saudi Arabian television journalist about her recovery from a severe battering by her husband that left her with a permanently changed face. I admire this woman's courage, and especially her determination to use her experience to speak out against wife abuse, not just in Saudi Arabia, but all over the world. In this, she is identifying herself not only as a Saudi Arabian woman, but also as a member of world womankind. She is an excel ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 20, 2011 Jonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Violence against women is a serious problem throughout the world, so I do not take the attack by her husband lightly. However, I found her to be a self-centered person who refused to take responsibility for her own decisions. Unlike many women in her country, she was allowed to make decisions that profoundly impacted her life. Yet, when the decisions proved to be poor decisions, it was someone else's fault (usually her dad's). Considering few Saudia Arbian middle class women were given the oppor ...more
Susan Jones
This is a young women 19s story of being married off at a very young age as many young girls are in the Muslim faith. After having a child with her first husband, he divorces her because she acts like a child 26 because that is what she is, a child. She returns to her parents home with her daughter and enrolls in medical school. She also has a friend who gets her into radio and television. She has a great career there because she is young and very beautiful. We know she is young and beautiful be ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The crime revealed in this book is heinous and it is necessary that the voices who speak against it come from within the country and culture. However, I found Ms. Al-Baz a very difficult person to connect with. Her narcissism and immaturity detract from the crime she is trying to uncover. Her constant criticism of the reader confused me--did she want my support or did she just want attention?
Jean Sasson
Apr 19, 2012 Jean Sasson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really drawn into this story and so happy that this Saudi woman lived through a brutal attack. I now wonder what happened to her. Is she still living in France? Did she return to Saudi Arabia? Did she get custody of her children? What happened to her husband. I think an update on this story would be greatly welcomed by many readers.
Nicko D
Jan 12, 2015 Nicko D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want my waisted time back
John Greppin
The review by a guy named Hadji is twisted up in his religious views. The book is beautifully translated by a very well known French-English translator. Hadji lacks any critical skills. It is an embarrassing review.
Jun 09, 2015 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book overall was for an interesting insight into Saudi Arabia and the customs within that country and culture. I appreciate the liberties and freedom I have being a New Zealander that is not bound by religious beliefs and prejudice against women. While I can acknowledge the trauma, horror and fear she experienced at the hands of her husband, I can't relate to the decisions and repercussions of choices she made. I know this has alot to with the culture so naturally I can't relate. However I ...more
Mari Anne
Once again a memoir that has (somewhat) falsely billed itself. I wouldn't call this a book about her triumph over violence as much as a memoir about her life and her (quite frankly bad) choices. I also think calling herself "disfigured" is slightly misleading. Granted she was beaten badly but when I think of someone being disfigured I think of a permanent state, not one that leaves her looking gorgeous. Okay, maybe that's petty but this book irked me. True she was a victim of a horrific act of v ...more
Ondanks dat de schrijftaal mij af en toe een beetje verveelde, toch een mooi boek met een goede boodschap: het waargebeurde verhaal van een Saoedische vrouw die opkomt voor haar rechten en die van vrouwen in het algemeen nadat zij vreselijk is mishandeld door haar man. Zelfs zo erg, dat zij 'getekend is voor het leven'.

Voor mensen die geïnteresseerd zijn in het feminisme en dan misschien wel het feminisme in de Arabische wereld helemaal, is dit toch wel een boek dat je even moet lezen. Telt slec
A devastatingly sad book. It needs an editor, but it's so searing and sad that you ignore the writing mistakes. I hope her husband dies painfully for what he did to her, but she was kind enough to spare him punishment.
Kim Iqbal
It was interesting to hear her thoughts about life and about how she dealt with this horrifying situation. The most amazing to me is she accepts this as a test, is very matter of fact and faces it with courage without blame or hate. It's an easy read.
Mar 24, 2015 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un très beau témoignage qui montre le combat d'une FEMME face à la violence de son mari.
Aug 14, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but have read other books on the same topic which are better written.
Apr 21, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Johns Creek UMC Book Club
I enjoyed reading this true, compelling story of domestic violence and Saudi culture.
Beth Olson shultz
An interesting book. What a brave woman. Would recommend this book very highly.
May 12, 2011 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a good book but too short--I still have some questions.
Aug 05, 2009 Maxime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about Muslim culture in Sauda Arabia with both women's way of live and lack of rights.
Sep 07, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good book
Ana Silva Rosa
Oct 11, 2014 Ana Silva Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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