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Nawal El Saadawi: Val van de imam (The Fall of the Imam), with Jannah Loontjens, Annelies Verbeke, Rachida Lamrabet (Fixdit) en Gamal Fouad

1 november 2022

In collaboration with Writers Unlimited, authors Jannah Loontjens and Annelies Verbeke made a live episode of the Fixdit Podcast during the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague 2022, about Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most important feminists of the 20th and early 21st centuries. They were joined in this by colleagues Rachida Lamrabet (Belgium, author and lawyer) and Gamal Fouad (Netherlands, author and visual artist). Note: this podcast is Dutch spoken.

This podcast focuses on El Saadawi's kaleidoscopic novel De val van de imam (The Fall of the Imam, 1987), but also covers other work such as Herinneringen van een vrouwelijke arts (Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, 1958). 

Nawal El Saadawi was a doctor and activist in addition to being an author. She died in 2021 at the age of 90, after a life of great courage. She left behind a rich literary oeuvre.

About Fixdit
Writers' collective Fixdit is committed to promoting the work of women authors who deserve a wide readership. In collaboration with literary magazine De Gids, writers Jannah Loontjens and Annelies Verbeke create the Fixdit podcast series Moderne klassiekers (Modern Classics) in which they highlight a literary classic written by a woman.

Fixdit & Writers Unlimited
Fixdit and Writers Unlimited have joined forces to highlight female international authors who deserve a place in the literary canon. November 2021, Fixdit and Writers Unlimited jointly made the Writers Series programme, also a live podcast recording, Bibi Koetis voor altijd (Bibi Koetis Forever) about Dutch-Indonesian author Lin Scholte, with Annelies Verbeke, Jannah Loontjens, Vilan van de Loo (writer and compiler of Lin Scholte's collected work) and writer Gustaaf Peek (view the videoregistration here or listen to the podcast here). The Winternachten festival 2022 saw the live podcast recording De val van de imam (The fall of the imam) about Nawal El Saadawi. On 25 September 2022, Fixdit presented their manifesto Optimistische woede: fix het seksisme in de literatuur (Optimistic Anger: Fix Sexism in Literature) during a Writers Series programme.