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The Case of the Forger of Cairo

by Staff

Tags: Robert Fisk, the Independent, Saddam Hussein, biography,

When British author and journalist Robert Fisk received a copy of Saddam Hussein’s biography in the mail from a friend in Egypt, one thing struck him as strange. He was listed as the author, but he had never written the book. In an article in the Independent, Fisk tells the story of his search for the true identity of the author of the ersatz book. His search for the Forger of Cairo takes him through government archives and back-alley bookstores as he navigates the seedy underworld of Egypt’s lit-forgery market.

Morgan Winters