Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

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Ashley's Staff Pick: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. I’m in the middle of this novel right now. This incredibly imaginative punch-in-the-gut follows the story of a junk trader called Hadi, who unwittingly creates a Frankenstein-esque  creature while he’s stitching together body parts in an attempt to give Iraqi war-ravaged corpses some semblance of rest. It’s a strange marriage of black humor and searing political commentary, a murder mystery, a look at everyday life in Baghdad in the shadow of devastating war, and a reimagining of Mary Shelley for the modern age. Featuring murder, car bombs, reanimated corpses, wandering spirits, and old cat ladies.  This story is fascinating, eye-opening, devastating and strangely funny. 

About the book: 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.

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