I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

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Saqi Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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In this provocative book Joumana Haddad uses the format of the political pamphlet to describe the liberating impact of literature on her life. She tells of reading the Marquis de Sade at twelve, of her metamorphosis into an award-winning poet, and reflects upon how this has shaped her as an Arab woman, as a writer and as a magazine editor. Joumana challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of how she came to create the Arab world's first erotic literary magazine, Jasad (Body), that has earned her both admiration and censure. Fiery and candid, I Killed Scheherazade is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an 'Arab woman' today.

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Review: I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

User Review  - Mekita - Goodreads

This book didn't live up to its interesting title. I was intrigued when I first saw it. Scheherazade's name is universally recognisable as a cunning storyteller who prolonged her life by telling long ... Read full review

Review: I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

User Review  - Muna - Goodreads

Very interesting and powerful book and writer. I very much liked the part where she killed Scheherazade, the part where I understood where the naming came from. Very non-conventional ! Read full review

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Contents

Note to the Reader
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To Start With On camels belly dancing
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An Arab Woman Reading the Marquis de Sade
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Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Born in 1970 in Beirut, Joumana Haddad is an award-winning poet, literary translator, magazine publisher and journalist. Joumana is the cultural editor for the an-Nahar newspaper. In 2008 she launched the Arab world’s first erotic cultural magazine, Jasad (Body), which made headlines around the world, leading the Sunday Telegraph to dub her ‘The Carrie Bradshaw of Beirut’. She was chosen as one of the best Arab authors under 39 in 2009 (Beirut39), and acts as the administrator of the International Prize of Arabic Fiction (the ‘Arab Booker’). Joumana was the recipient of the Blue Metropolis (Montreal) Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize in 2010.
She lives in Lebanon with her two sons.

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