Frankenstein in Baghdad Frankenstein in Baghdad

Frankenstein in Baghdad

A Novel

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Publisher Description

*International Booker Prize finalist*

“Brave and ingenious.” —The New York Times

“Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound.” —Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment


“Extraordinary . . . A devastating but essential read.” —Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds

From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café—collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realizes he’s created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive—first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path. A prizewinning novel by “Baghdad’s new literary star” (The New York Times), Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white-knuckle horror and black humor the surreal reality of contemporary Iraq.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
January 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Sosa 35674689 ,

What I would say to Ahmed Saadawi…

Dear Ahmed Saadawi,

Frankenstein in Baghdad is beautifully written. The acts of the Frankenstein perfectly illustrates the cynical nature of violence that’s was most definitely present during 2003 Iraq and the ethical mental gymnastics one must endure when equating justice and violence. And while the story did take lengthy chapters to pick up, the optimistic nihilistic ending was the perfect payoff for this novel and the dialogue it wished to bring. Each named character had a breath of life in them, and between the main characters Hadi, Mahmoud, and Elishva, they were diverse but still had an enriching connection between them that every reader can learn from. Also, the translation of his book to English was superb! Little taxing, Frankenstein in Baghdad is worth the read, and the re-read!

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