Against Injustice

Naji Adh-dhahir

  Mahmoud al Saeed novel, Saddam City about the experience of arrest and suffering, in the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, and on the suffering experienced by many of the Iraqi citizens, without a little guilt, or for reasons that have nothing to do with the law and denied the extent of their relationship the ruling regime, as is clear from the novel.

The writer begs by this novel to expose his suffering to readers. He  wrote about an employee in the Ministry of Iraq, Mustafa Ali Numan, finds himself suddenly arrested and charged, without knowing what is guilty.

At the last cover of the novel, it tells the experience of the owner with the intelligence in the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and that the novel exposes the brutal tactics of the Iraqi intelligence men, highlighting the violations of the laws, the principles and the values by the pretext of protecting the system.

The story begins when the narrator leaves, his home on Monday, on the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth, Kept his wife and sons, followed in order to pay the money it paid to the contractor will build a home.

He thought he will be rest with his family, to stop moving from this renting house to another.

Incidentally his car malfunction.and here quick turn happened, contrary to the lull and left behind a little while ago, to find two of damnable men approaching him

At that moment, his life begins to change, and detention sacrifice, living moment by moment, hoping to leave the camp, he wants to tell his wife he was held and can not, he was expect to be released because he believed that there was something wrong in his name, and he’ll soon return back to home, to resume there the life was cut off suddenly, without any reason mentioned!

The story continued and the events of the images contained in the violation of elementary human rights

And fundamental, and we join the narrator (which is also stated in the endorsement of the novel the author himself), to refuse to belong to the ruling Baath party, as opposed to his release, as we share the sense of injustice as a post who want to live in dignity with his small family. the novel is replete with images of disregard for human life and dignity, so that the reader of the novel, (like me) at least feel that, he is in the era of suffering and makes us the owner through the pages, many photos of the exciting innovative methods of torture carried out by rough investigators, do not know the way to their hearts of compassion, and provides the narrator in turn of these pictures, pictures of other people sympathetic. And ending of the novel the narrator discovers that the charge against him, because the image was taken years ago, and showed itself as well as opposition leader, and with him shouting at the investigator that he was prepared to prove that he is in the period in which the picture was taken, did not leave the place of work in the ministry, He denied that this had cooperated in the work of anti-system, was implemented in the period following the photo, by the opposition leader!!


The release of the narrator at the start the Iraq-Iran war, after one year and three months in prison, only to discover the paradise of  freedom again, but soon discovered that, when leaving the country for work, or the printing of his novel “I am the one who saw” the same, that the situation in the Arab world is just as bad, from the Jordan, the end of Algeria, where there is a relative and can help to find a job in which, via Syria, in Jordan refuse to print the story, and in Syria they ask him to be the agent to be cooperative with the regime, after the official of the Federation of Arab Writers Union tired him in his questioning, and requests. He of course, rejected this request, as if he was to be able to take the agent to bear all the suffering and agony is approved to join the Baath Party and had wanted to, but not satisfied!!

Summarizes the view of the narrator’s opinion in Arab countries and says: I saw the Arab countries are encouraged there writers, but to prevent any light word to their ruling system, and I saw the countries does not hold any weight in the process of publishing only the money, and I saw some Arab countries are still living in the shadow of the Middle Ages I saw in some Arab countries kind of literature to flourish, which began laudation answer charges! And wonder: When will the Arab countries become normal? Is the day will come when it becomes so?

Literary novel written in a transparent combine classical Arabic language and the tone

Iraqi vernacular, in which many of the sentences which the reader may then depend, such as: Broken bottle class gray light of dawn, timid, and: after noon the sun had risen and the car fell to us, and the earth, yellow, and the remnants of harvested wheat ear appear to live like a homeless man neglected beard, the novel expressed to profound and subtle, on the psychological state experienced by the narrator.


This is the story of inflammatory first-class, and the clerk brought a cry of protest against the injustice of being subjected, as was its citizens, it does not matter, in my opinion, the extent to which the contents of the facts and the facts on the ground, the author suggests that in more than one section of the novel, the reality “It was much than the novel. It is a revolutionary novel refuses to take account that the freedom is the supreme value in life, that I think are worth reading and follow-up, and deserves to be disclosed to readers throughout the Arab world to learn, and which contained a rejection of injustice and wrong-doers.


It remains for us to know you, dear reader, that this patient was issued in mid-last month, in the Egyptian capital Cairo, in a series of monthly books, “novels Crescent”, which hit the country regularly, and the author Mahmoud Saeed – Attaie was born in the Iraqi city of Mosul 1939, published his first story in 1957 and won the Iraqi Ministry of Culture for his novel, “Rue Ben Barka”, published in 1993, and won the club the story in the State of Egypt, for his novel “the end of the day”, published in 1996. Translated a number of his literary work, including the novel in question, to more than European languages, and left his country in 1999 immigrants to the United States of America, which is currently residing in the state of Chicago.





About mahmoudsaeediraq

I am an Iraqi writer. I came to the USA in 1999, and I got politic asylum. Since that time I am living in Chicago, Illinois. I have written more than 20 novels and short story collections and hundreds of articles. Some of my novels were destroyed by Iraqi regimes. I have won awards in Iraq, Egypt and the United States. I also have won awards for short stories, one in Iraq and the second in UAE. I worked in Iraq as a high school teacher teaching Arabic literature. I was imprisoned six times between 1959 and 1980. I was dismissed from my job for three years, so I went to Morocco and I worked there as a high school teacher. I wrote about last time in prison as novel titled, "I am the one who saw." This novel was translated to English by Dr. Sadri (a professor of Lake Frost University) and published in Al Saqi house publishing company in London by the name of "Saddam City." The New York Public Libraries listed my novel as one of the best novels of the last century. Amnesty international chose 37 writers from all over the world, including me, to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We wrote short stories, and the collection was published in London, USA, Canada, Spain, and Turkey. It was translated in more than 20 languages. MAHMOUD SAEED, Chicago, Illinois
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