Saddam Hussein, novelist

From the Telegraph:

Saddam Hussein spent the final weeks before the war writing a novel predicting that he would lead an underground resistance movement to victory over the Americans, rather than planning the defence of his regime. As the war began and Saddam went into hiding 40,000 copies of Be Gone Demons! were rolling off the presses.

According to Newsweek, the book “was an attack on Jews set in the times of Abraham.”

Extracts from the novel are available to Telegraph subscribers. Here’s a brief sampling:

Saddam’s description of himself as Salim, plotting to drive out Ezekiel, the Jewish leader, from his country:

Salim’s bride asked him if he was prepared to drive out the demon Sheikh [Ezekiel]. Salim said: “The intention and power are available. I have made my evaluation of the demon. I am sure of victory against those dogs.

Salim’s defeat of Ezekiel and his Roman allies:

….Salim freed his long hair. He was so strong. He was fighting the Romans like a hawk. He was riding a white horse and shouting: “Allah akbar! Long live the Arabs and long live Islam!”

Salim was carrying a sword and his colleagues were giving him another sword when the first was broken. The Romans ran away as Salim got close to them.

(First link via Arts Journal; thanks to Matt for the Newsweek blurb.)

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