Woman at Point Zero Study Guide

Woman at Point Zero

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El-Saadawi

Woman at Point Zero is the story of Firdaus, a woman condemned to death in Egypt's Qanatir prison. Firdaus recounts her experiences to the narrator, relating her childhood in poverty, her forced clitoral circumcision at the hands of her mother, and her frightening life in an arranged marriage. She goes on to recount her later life as a prostitute and her murder of her abusive pimp, a charge she refused to appeal because she did not believe any crime had been committed. Firdaus is executed at the novel's conclusion.