Late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has written a romantic novel and one can buy it on Amazon ahead of Valentine’s Day, according to Metro.
In 2000, Hussein published a 160-page allegorical love story.
Unsurprisingly Hussein’s novel, Zabiba and the King, did not make it on to any bestseller’s lists or reach critical acclaim – though it was scrutinized by the CIA following its release.
The plot, set thousands of years ago, features a love story between an Iraqi king and a lowly villager called Zabiba, who represents the people in this poorly-veiled metaphor.
The characters’ relationship develops as they discuss religion, nationalism and other heart-warming topics.
The novel is for sale on Amazon, where it has received a mix of reviews, including ‘Zabiba and the King is a fascinating and moving work’, ‘this book was absolutely horrible’ and ‘buy it as an historical curiosity, not for literary entertainment. It is a complete trainwreck of a book’.
Zabiba and the King is one of four novels attributed to Hussein, although agents from the CIA suspected that Hussein didn’t write it and instead supervised its production while relying on ghostwriters.
On the whole, Hussein’s novels tended to focus on a heroic protagonist.
Damned One, Get Out Of Here featured the story of an Arab warrior who saved his home town from a plot to revolt and overthrow the leader. The novel featured a foreword by Hussein’s daughter.
While Begone, Demons – a 256-page book on the struggle between the Middle East and America – was reportedly concluded by Hussein in the days before the US invaded Iraq in 2003.