Saddam Hussein: deceased despot, catalyst for global catastrophe and now… publishing sensation?
A novella written by the late Iraqi leader will be translated into English for the first time by a UK publisher, which has described it as 'a mix between Game of Thrones and the UK House of Cards'.
Titled Begone Devils or Get Out, You Damned One depending on which existing translation you pick up, Saddam's story follow a tribe living by the Euphrates river 1,500 years ago who battle an invading force. And if you're wondering where the inspiration may have come for Saddam ficition, note it was finished in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War.
But before we start casting Saddam as the next J D Salinger, we might remember that back in 2005 the New York Times described the book as 'a forgettable piece of pulp'.
Released by Hesperus in December this year, the release will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the dictator's execution, which seems as good as reason as any to cash in on his dubious literary legacy.