The Fall of the Imam by Nawal El Saadawi

The Fall of the Imam

Nawal El Saadawi

175 pages first pub 1987 (editions)

fiction literary challenging reflective slow-paced


Written by Egypt's leading feminist writer, this book reveals the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated religious state, and raises awareness of the insufferable predicament of women in a society.

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challenging 100%
dark 100%
emotional 100%
mysterious 100%
reflective 50%
sad 50%


slow 100%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 50%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 50%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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