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Frankenstein in Baghdad / Ahmed Saadawi ; translated by Jonathan Wright.
Publisher: Oneworld, 2018.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 178607060X 9781786070609 (pbk.) :
Translated from the Arabic.
From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, Hadi - a scavenger and an oddball fixture at the local cafe - collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognise the parts as people and to 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's created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive. As the violence escalates and Hadi's acquaintances - a journalist, a government worker, a lonely older woman - become involved, the Whatsitsname and the havoc it wreaks assume a magnitude far greater than anyone could have imagined. An extraordinary achievement, at once horrific and blackly humorous, 'Frankenstein in Baghdad' captures the surreal reality of contemporary Baghdad.
1 volume ; 22 cm
Enjoyed this despite the rather grim subject matter
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