The book is called The Fortified Castle (al-Qala’ah al-Hasinah) and is hailed by Iraqi state TV as “a great literary work” which describes a ferocious battle between good and evil.
In Saddam Hussein’s first work, “Zabibah wal Malik” (Zabibah and the King), the main plot is one of unrequited love. A governor falls in love with a woman who is unhappily married but she refuses to marry him after her separation from her husband. However, the work has strong political undertones with clear references to the struggle of Iraq in the current international setting. The Iraqi National Theatre is planning to make a major musical production around this work, which is predicted to be a smash hit.
As with the first work, the money generated from Al-Qala-ah al-Hasinah will be donated to charitable causes in Iraq.
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.Ru
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