Frankenstein in Baghdad

Author: Ahmed Saadawi,

Publishing House: Penguin Books

Publication Year: 2018

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 281

“Frankenstein in Baghdad,” an Arabic novel penned by the Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi, unfolds within the tumultuous backdrop of U.S.-occupied Baghdad. The narrative centers around Hadi, a local scavenger and a distinctive regular at a neighborhood café. In his pursuit to demand recognition for the individuality of discarded human remains, Hadi assembles a corpse from disparate body parts. However, despite his well-intentioned act, things take a dark turn as the stitched-together corpse mysteriously disappears, setting off a sequence of enigmatic killings across the city.

Witnesses recount encounters with an invincible and grotesque criminal responsible for the murders. Gradually, Hadi confronts a horrifying truth: he has unintentionally brought to life a monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Initially targeting the guilty, the creature’s menace soon extends to anyone it encounters. This intricately crafted narrative, titled “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” not only explores the consequences of Hadi’s creation but also delves into the surreal and grim realities of modern Iraq.

Hailed as a new literary achievement from Baghdad by The New York Times, this award-winning work masterfully weaves together elements of horror and dark comedy. Saadawi’s narrative skillfully navigates the complex interplay between the monstrous and the human, providing readers with a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of war, occupation, and the unintended consequences of a desperate quest for justice. In “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” the boundaries between the supernatural and the tangible blur, creating a compelling tapestry that captures the essence of a society grappling with its own distorted reflections.”

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