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Publisher's Summary

From the rubble-strewn streets of US-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.
Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Winner of France's Grand Prize for Fantasy
©2018 Ahmed Saadawi (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By QualityPet on 08-13-18

Excellent Magical Realist View of Baghdad

This book is well deserving of the Man Booker nomination it received and did a great job of building the picture of a diverse community in Baghdad. The narration was also excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kukhri on 08-07-18

A distant cousin to Frankenstein

Do not read this with the expectation that it will closely resemble Shelly's Frankenstein, but you should expect a different, very Iraqi take on the idea. It deals with suicide bombings and average people put under unusually tough conditions. It's an interesting way of looking at the country from the people's perspective.

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