The Fortified Castle
The Fortified Castle (Al-Qala-ah Al-Hasinah) is Saddam Hussein's third of four novels. The book involves political metaphor. It is a 713 pages and was published in 2001. It is another allegorical work. It concerns the delayed wedding of the Iraqi hero, who fought in the war against Iran, to a Kurdish girl.
There are three characters: the two brothers Sabah and Mahmud, from rural area from the west bank of the Tigris River from a farming family coming, and a young woman Shatrin from Suleimaniya. They all go into the same university in Baghdad.
Sabah is a war hero from the days of the Battle of New Qadisiyya (Iran-Iraq war), during which he was wounded in the leg and taken prisoner of war in Iran, from which he finally manage to escape with a few friends.
Shatrin from Suleimaniya is the representative for the Kurds.
The power of the "fortified castle" (a reference to Iraq) lies in its unity; despite proposals to divide the property, the hero's mother refuses. She also states that it cannot be purchased with money: "Only those who give it their blood and defend it are its rightful owners."
- "Saddam 'second novel' in print". BBC News Online. 2001-12-20. Retrieved 2010-04-28.