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The Rope - A Novel

Kanan Makiya

From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, here is a gritty and unflinching novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American invasion, as seen through the eyes of a Shi'ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could never have anticipated. When the nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on April 10, 2003, the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein, he finds himself swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation and is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father, who disappeared into the Tyrant's gulag in 1991. When he was a child, his questions about his father were ignored by his mother and his uncle, in whose house he was raised. Older now, he is fighting in his uncle's Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the Occupier. He slowly begins to piece together clues about his father's fate, which turns out to be intertwined with that of the mysterious corpse. But not until the last hour before the Tyrant's execution is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle-from Saddam Hussein himself. The Rope is both a powerful examination of the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal, victimhood, secrecy, and loss, and an enduring story about the haste with which identity is cobbled together and then undone. Told with fearless honesty and searing intensity, The Rope will haunt its readers long after they finish the final page. From the Hardcover edition.

From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, here is a gritty and unflinching novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American invasion, as seen through the eyes of a Shi'ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could never have anticipated. When the nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on April 10, 2003, the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein, he finds himself swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation and is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father, who disappeared into the Tyrant's gulag in 1991. When he was a child, his questions about his father were ignored by his mother and his uncle, in whose house he was raised. Older now, he is fighting in his uncle's Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the Occupier. He slowly begins to piece together clues about his father's fate, which turns out to be intertwined with that of the mysterious corpse. But not until the last hour before the Tyrant's execution is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle-from Saddam Hussein himself. The Rope is both a powerful examination of the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal, victimhood, secrecy, and loss, and an enduring story about the haste with which identity is cobbled together and then undone. Told with fearless honesty and searing intensity, The Rope will haunt its readers long after they finish the final page. From the Hardcover edition.
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From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, here is a gritty and unflinching novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American invasion, as seen through the eyes of a Shi'ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could never have anticipated. When the nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on April 10, 2003, the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein, he finds himself swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation and is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father, who disappeared into the Tyrant's gulag in 1991. When he was a child, his questions about his father were ignored by his mother and his uncle, in whose house he was raised. Older now, he is fighting in his uncle's Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the Occupier. He slowly begins to piece together clues about his father's fate, which turns out to be intertwined with that of the mysterious corpse. But not until the last hour before the Tyrant's execution is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle-from Saddam Hussein himself. The Rope is both a powerful examination of the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal, victimhood, secrecy, and loss, and an enduring story about the haste with which identity is cobbled together and then undone. Told with fearless honesty and searing intensity, The Rope will haunt its readers long after they finish the final page. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve West, John Lee

Length:

11h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:25


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:37


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:53


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:44


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:01


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:12


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:54


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:31


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:31


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:30


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:12


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:34


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:22


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:40


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:51


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:12


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:52


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:57


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:55


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:41


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:51


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:06


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:31


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:29


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:15


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:33


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:39


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:13


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:45


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:35


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:50


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:33


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:19


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:19


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:51


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:26


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:24


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:32


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:59


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:08


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:58


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

00:30