Frankenstein in Baghdad (Paperback)

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The first Iraqi novel to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Ahmed Saadawi's Frankenstein in Baghdad is a visceral, complex tale about the horrors faced by one neighborhood in US-occupied Baghdad. Their monster is both literal and metaphorical, the cycle of violence and the titular creature born from that violence. Stitching together the grotesque, the comical, and the fantastical with the stark realities of its setting, Frankenstein in Baghdad is a profound, contemporary allegory. It's dark, very dark—but it's also very funny. -Eric

— From Spring Booknotes 2018


*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