just one more chapter
Saturday, May 29, 2010
One morning Mustafa Ali Noman, a teacher in Baghdad, was arrested as he reached the school gates. For the next fifteen months he was brutally interrogated, moved from prison to prison and barred from contacting his family; as he witnessed countless scenes of torture. It became clear to Mustafa along his journey through the desert gulags that the question of guilt or innocence was irrelevant. How do I know that I am not dreaming this? he asks himself, as, under intolerable pressure, his grasp of reality begins to weaken. Mahmoud Saeeds devastating novel evokes the works of Kafka, Solzhenitsyn and Elie Wiesel. It is a vivid account of the wanton and brutal treatment of the Iraqi people by Saddam Husseins feared secret police and of the arbitrariness of life under tyranny.
I don’t know how or where I came across this book but I am so glad I did. This book is compelling and is an extraordinary account. Saddam City is one of the most insightful books I have read. It is however at times very difficult to read. This is a book that will truly affect you and tug at your heart.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone. It was written very well and from an insider’s point of view. The author did a wonderful job of making this book informative as well as interesting. This book is truly an eye opener. It artfully and expressively shows the situation in Iraq. I think everyone can learn something from this book.