The Demonic Comedy
Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam HusseinBook - 1998
The author of this book first visited Iraq during the Arab summit in 1990. He went back in 1991 during the Gulf War. One of the few journalists to get into Iraq, he was arrested by soldiers on the outskirts of Baghdad at the height of the Allied attack & witnessed the nightmarish effect of the bombing on the city's civilians & infrastructure. In 1995, he received a surprise invitation to the International Babylon Festival & was able to revisit what little was left of Baghdad. The author ranges from a Hunter Thompson-like gonzo journalism to skilled historical analysis, untangling the complicated history of Iraq & its neighbors, to intrepid interviews, discussing movies & religion with a frightening array of madmen, from Hussein himself, the man "whose mother looked like Anthony Quinn playing Mother Teresa," to Assad Bayoud al-Tamimi, the less than benevolent father figure of the Islamic Jihad. At once chillingly horrifying & hysterically funny, The Demonic Comedy is a unique travel memoir, & eyewitness testament to the horrors of dictatorship & the devastation of war.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Branch Call Number: 956.70442 Ro
Characteristics: ix, 294 p. ; 24 cm.
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