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, no woman has ever dared disobey the command of men. When the woman finally reappears, there is a blurring between the men in her life, as she leaves one to join another, then returns to her first husband who has since taken a new wife. She is trapped in a man-made web, unable to escape from a male figure who continually fills urns that she must carry. Surreal and satirical, Love in the Kingdom of Oil is a startling reflection on the limits of female freedom in a patriarchal society.
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Nawal El Saadawi is an internationally renowned Egyptian feminist writer, activist and psychiatrist. She is founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She holds honorary doctorates from, among others, the universities of York, Illinois at Chicago, St Andrews and Tromso as well as Universidad Nacional Aut noma de M xico. Her many prizes and awards include the Premi Internacional Catalunya in 2003, the Council of Europe North-South Prize in 2004, the Women of the Year Award (UK) in 2011, the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (Ireland) in 2012, and the French National Order of Merit in 2013. Among her numerous roles in public office she served as the National Director of Public Health and stood as a candidate in the 2004 Egyptian Presidential elections. Saadawi is the subject of the film She Spoke the Unspeakable, broadcast in February 2017 in the BBC One series Imagine. Her works have been translated into over forty languages and are taught at universities worldwide. They include Two Women in One, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor and Love in the Kingdom of Oil (all by Saqi Books).
Love in the Kingdom of Oil by Nawal El Saadawi
Nawal El Saadawi
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