Joumana Haddad is angry about the way Arab women are portrayed in the West. In I Killed Scheherazade she challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of her own intellectual development and the liberating impact of literature on her life. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today.
About the Author
Joumana Haddad is an award-winning poet, literary translator, publisher and journalist. In 2008 she launched the Arab world’s first erotic cultural magazine, Jasad (Body), which made headlines around the world. Haddad was selected as one of the Beirut39 authors in 2009. Her publications include I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman, which was critically acclaimed and translated into thirteen languages, and Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions. She lives in Beirut with her two sons.
‘Joumana Haddad is a revolutionary, this book is the manifesto. Read it or be left behind.’
‘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.'
‘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
‘Literature is often a storm that breaks the rules of decorum and forces us to come face to face with our weaknesses and illusions. Joumana Haddad is a poet who inhabits the storm.’
Tahar Ben Jelloun
‘A spirited call to arms’
New York Times
‘A vivid assertion of individuality, free speech, free choice and dignity against religious bigotry, prejudice and the herd instinct both within and outside the Arab world.’