About this book
The first publication into English of El Saadawi's most recent novel, eagerly awaited by her many fans. It concerns Bodour, a distinguished critic and professor who carries a dark secret: as a young student she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo. Writing a novel based on her experiences, Bodour is forced on a journey of self-discovery, reliving and reshaping her past and her future. Translated from the Arabic by Amira Nowaira.
Bodour, a distinguished literary critic and university professor, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student she gives birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, who she abandons. Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, whilst Bodour turns to writing. Can mother and daughter be reunited?