The Tyrant's Novel (2004) Keneally never names the tyrant at the heart of his new novel, but readers will recognize Saddam Hussein in the eccentric details. The Great Uncle… 2004-06-01 Fiction Nan A. Talese
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The Tyrant's Novel (2004)

Details Release Date: Jun 01, 2004; Writer: Thomas Keneally; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Nan A. Talese

Keneally never names the tyrant at the heart of his new novel, but readers will recognize Saddam Hussein in the eccentric details. The Great Uncle has visitors scrubbed and disinfected, then slathered in Tommy Hilfiger aftershave before meeting him -- which hero Alan Sheriff learns when he's tapped to ghostwrite the dictator's autobiography. Sheriff describes how he raced against time and conscience to meet a deadline before fleeing the country in an oil barrel. Keneally, hitless since 1982's Booker Prize winner Schindler's List, may just break that streak with a story as timely as it is disturbing.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints