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Saddam Hussein's novel Devil's Dance to hit bookstores

The dictator's latest novel was purportedly completed a day before the invasion of Iraq.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 14:08 IST

A Japanese publisher said his company will become the first in the world to put out a novel supposedly completed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein the day before the US invasion that ended his reign.

The book, to be titled Akuma No Dance (Devil's Dance) in Japan, will be published by the Tokyo-based Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co. Next Friday, said the company's senior editorial official, Koichi Chikaraishi.

Jordan last year banned publication of the novel, known there as Get Out, Damned One, due to political concerns. It depicts a tribe living on the Euphrates River 1,500 years ago that succeeds in ousting an invading tribe through resistance.

Chikaraishi said the manuscript of the novel was carried out of Iraq by Saddam's eldest daughter, Raghad, when she fled to Jordan just before the US-led invasion was launched.

 
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Raghad has said previously her father finished the novel on March 18, 2003, a day before the war began. Chikaraishi said a first run of 8,000 copies of a 256-page Japanese translation would be printed, and priced at¥1,575 (US $14;€11).

It would be the first time the book would be published commercially, though a pirated version has been sold in Jordan, Chikaraishi said.

How the proceeds from the Saddam's translated book will be shared between publisher and author was not immediately known.

First Published: May 18, 2006 14:08 IST