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The Tyrant's Novel by Thomas Keneally
In The Tyrant's Novel, Alan Sheriff is a writer living in an unnamed country ruled by a tyrant called Great Uncle. Sheriff is conscripted to write a novel about the country, showcasing the strength and resiliency of the people in the face of sanctions from world powers, and to have the novel ready to be published by time sanctions are voted on again. Sheriff knows the penalty for failure is death, and after the death of his beloved wife, he feels he has nothing to lose and no will to write. Soon, though, he realizes that his friends are still at risk. As the deadline looms, he faces the dilemma of finishing the novel, or trying to flee and leave others in jeopardy. Thomas Keneally has fashioned another novel that is a mix of fiction and world politics. The Tyrant's Novel has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List, has written another riveting tale of historical significance."