ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 6, 2018
Frankenstein in Baghdad: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018
By (author) Ahmed Saadawi; Translated by Jonathan Wright
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION’Extraordinary… A devastating but essential read.’ Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds’Gripping, darkly humorous…profound.’ Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for RedeploymentFrom the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, the scavenger Hadi 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 give them a 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 realises he has created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive – first from the guilty, and then from anyone who crosses its path.An extraordinary achievement, Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white-knuckle horror and black humour the surreal reality of a city at war.
Ahmed Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. In 2010 he was selected for Beirut39, as one of the thirty-nine best Arab authors under the age of forty, and in 2014 he became the first Iraqi to win the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction. This prize was awarded to Frankenstein in Baghdad, which also won Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. He lives in Baghdad.Jonathan Wright studied Arabic at Oxford University. He is the translator of Hassan Blasim’s The Corpse Exhibition, which won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. He lives in London.