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The Dictator's Last Night

Yasmina Khadra | Gallic Books | Translated by Julian Evans

'People say I am a megalomaniac. It is not true. I am an exceptional being, providence incarnate, envied by the gods, able to make a faith of his cause.’

October 2011. In the dying days of the Libyan civil war, Muammar Gaddafi is hiding out in his home town of Sirte along with his closest advisors. They await a convoy that will take them south, away from encroaching rebel forces and NATO aerial attacks. The mood is sombre. In what will be his final night, Gaddafi reflects on an extraordinary life, whilst still raging against the West, his fellow Arab nations and the ingratitude of the Libyan people.


'Compulsive, funny, powerfully emotional..sinuously intelligent. Khadra’s perceptive and confident novel, translated from French by Julian Evans, is an unmissable entertainment.' — Guardian

'In this closed-door drama, which reads almost like a piece of theatre, Yasmina Khadra gets inside the mind of a tyrant awaiting the fatal bullet.' — Le Point

'The ability of the author to infiltrate the mind and personality of Gaddafi is uncanny. It is very well written and compelling.' — D.Olser, NetGalley reviewer

'A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers.'—TLS