General Kamel Sachet was a favourite of Saddam Hussein's, a hero of the Iran-Iraq war, head of the army in Kuwait City during Desert Storm and the governor of the province of Maysan. But when it came time for his sons to do their military service, he refused to let them join the "criminal" organization that he had given his life to. Sachet realized, too late, that he had become a participant in the terror regime that had strangled his country and destroyed its people.
Through the story of Kamel Sachet and those around him-his wife; his sons and daughters; his friend, a psychiatrist; the head of the Republican Guard; a director of Abu Ghraib prison-Wendell Steavenson shows the choices Iraqis have had to make between exile and collaboration, God and jihad. In the spirit of The Bookseller ofKabulandStasiland,The Weight of a Mustard Seedcaptures the universal humanity and the tragedy of unintended consequences.
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Wendell Steavenson is a freelance journalist and the author of the acclaimed bookStories I Stole, shortlisted for theGuardianFirst Book Award. A former correspondent forTIME, she has published stories inThe New Yorker, Granta, ProspectandThe Daily Telegraph. Her screenplay, based on her experiences in Iraq, was made intoThe Situation, the first American narrative film to deal with the occupation of Iraq. Steavenson has lived in Iraq, Iran and Georgia. She currently resides in Paris, France.
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