Frankenstein in Baghdad (Paperback)

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Baghdad during the American occupation of Iraq, circa 2005, is a city of soldiers, shortages, and bombings. Hadi, a junk dealer, collects body parts after bombings and sews them together, creating a grotesque, human-like form. When his creation becomes sentient after prayers from a grieving mother, it takes on a mission to avenge those who caused the death of any piece of its body. Journalist Mahmoud al-Sawadi investigates the inexplicable deaths amidst the deterioration of municipal institutions. This novel won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014, with a cast of characters so interesting that they could each have a novel of their own. This is a surreal, tragicomic look at people persevering through the random cruelty of war.


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*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize*

"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 caf --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.

Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Winner of France's Grand Prize for Fantasy

About the Author

Ahmed Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker. He is the first Iraqi to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction; he won in 2014 for Frankenstein in Baghdad, which also won France's Grand Prize for Fantasy. In 2010 he was selected for Beirut39, as one of the 39 best Arab authors under the age of 39. He was born in 1973 in Baghdad, where he still lives.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143128793
ISBN-10: 0143128795
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English

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