Interview with Nawal El Saadawi: “I Feel As If I’m Twenty”

How do you feel right now?

I feel great.  I feel as if I’m born.  This is the dream of my life, as if this is my day, you know, because I was dreaming of this, as I was oppressed all my life, all my life, as a writer, as a doctor, as a woman, as a human being, all my life, from King Farouk to now, Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak.  So, for me, it’s . . . as if I’m 20 years old.  I’m not tired.  On ordinary days I’m tired, but now I stay there [in Tahrir Square], ten hours every day almost, speaking and shouting and discussing, I come back here, I continue, I never stop talking.  Then I sleep four hours, or five, and then I’m up again.  I’m never tired.

Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, writer, and medical doctor.  Lauren E. Bohn is a multi-platform freelance journalist and 2010-2011 Fulbright fellow in Egypt.  This video was uploaded onto Vimeo on 27 January 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.  See, also, Lauren E. Bohn, “Egypt: Yasmine’s Hope for Tomorrow” (MRZine, 27 January 2011).

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