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I Killed Scheherazade : Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman
"A very courageous and illuminating book about women in the Arab world. It opens our eyes, destroys our prejudices, and is very entertaining." --Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature
For centuries the heroine of The Arabian Nights, Scheherazade, defined the Arab woman--until Joumana Haddad, an Arab woman herself, had had enough. Haddad angrily challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East in this intrepid exploration. While she finds the West's dominant portrayal of Arab women appalling, she finds the image projected by many Middle Eastern women to be infuriating as well. She discusses her intellectual development and the liberating effect of literature on her life, and in the process she transcends religious and cultural perspectives. Ultimately she argues that every woman has not only the right but the duty to ignore social, political, and sexual expectations and be true to herself. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today that will enlighten and inform a new international feminism. For Haddad, Scheherazade is dead, and the time has come for Arab women to tell their own stories.
"The Carrie Bradshaw of Beirut." --Sunday Telegraph
"The Oprah of Lebanon" --T: The New York Times Magazine
"Provocative and sensual." --Huffington Post
"Beirut's body language pioneer." --Washington Post
"It takes genius to attain such radical freedom." --Etel Adnan
"In this courageous book Joumana Haddad breaks down the taboo of the Silent Absent Arab Woman. Scheherazade has to die to be able to speak her true self, to tell her own story: that is, to become a human being." --Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature
"Joumana Haddad cannot be intimidated. This book is a lesson of courage for all those who fight to go beyond their own limits and chains." --Roberto Saviano, author, Gomorrah
"Sometimes, a revolution erupts when one person says, 'That--that is not me.' Joumana Haddad is a revolutionary, this book is the manifesto. Read it or be left behind." --Rabih Alameddine, author, The Hakawati and Koolaids The Art of War
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Lawrence Hill Books
January 01, 2011
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