Review: The Tyrant’s Novel (Thomas Keneally)

The Tyrant's NovelThe 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.

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