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Saddam Hussein to write a novel

May 02, 2004 17:15 IST

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is writing a novel in which he casts himself as the hero and US President George W Bush as a villain, a report said in London.

Hussein has been allowed to write the novel as 'his interrogators hope it will provide clues to his mindset - and how to handle the situation in Iraq today', the Sunday Express reported.

Saddam calls his hero Salim, 'a pure virtuous Arab, tall and handsome with a straight nose and full moustache'. The novel's other villains are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

He has written two previous titles, both best sellers in Iraq. His new venture came to light last week when an International Red Cross team visited him.

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