The Tyrant’s Novel by Thomas Keneally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A novel for our times – Keneally’s story tells of an Iraqi asylum-seeker whose work brought him dangerously close to Great Uncle, a fictitious parallel of Saddam Hussein. Like many of Keneally’s works, there is well-documented historical fact to support a tragic human story. For Australians, there is a sinister message, and an even more sinister question from this 10-year-old story: we have treated refugees incredibly badly – but why have we been doing it for so long? Nothing has improved in the way our country treats the stateless person.