Frankenstein In Baghdad
ISBN: 0143128795
EAN13: 9780143128793
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 23, 2018
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.79" H x 7.68" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

*Man Booker International Prize finalist*

Brave and ingenious. --The New York Times

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

From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi--a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local caf --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

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   Almost fulfills its potential
The first two-thirds of this book are a rather confusing and if somewhat striking, modern retelling of Frankenstein in Baghdad. The concept of the creature's existence is a good concept, the name of whatsitsitscomposed of dead war victims. But the final third of the book is highly ambiguous and doesn't make much sense. A climactic explosion does not strike as an exclamation point, but rather a plot device that frees all characters mid-arc and provides limited resolution. Spoilers incoming, but if anyone can tell me what happened at the book's end about that name, I feel like I'd have enjoyed this title much more.
 
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   Wow, this is a must read
What a story the writer uses to get tthe crazy situation in Bagdad on paper, I really don 't know how to review this book, it contains supernatural elements but the main goal of the author is to show the crazy aftermath of war and living in a town full of violence and how it changes people's lives, this is black humor at its best.
 
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   Interesting concept, meh execution
I was really interested to read it and thought it had an absolutely amazing concept ''. It does, but then it doesn 't really seem to know what to do with it. It does a lot of interesting worldbuilding, but then doesn't really live up to its own promise.
 
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   Fascinating Mixture
It has been nearly 200 years since Mary Shelley wrote the original classic. Here we see another retelling of Frankenstein's monster story. Mixing the Shelley story with life in Iraq-torn makes for a fascinating concept to discuss.
 
5
   A Surprising Read
A beautifully written and consciously violent allegory of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Here stands Mary Shelley's creation for global revenge and serves as both the initiator and the victim of persistent terror. Frankenstein is equated with his creation and is thus forced to take responsibility. Still, this book is far from the quote by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with which this book opens. The novel itself forms an innovative, magical-realistic tale.
 
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   Surreal. Political. Chilling.
A must read : The politically relevant elements used to convey the surreal commentary uniquely brings the complexity of a region that is often viewed stereotypically to light. It will leave you wanting something else to process it, so that you can read the profound journey that Saadawi took you on. Remember that this novel is translated and a lot is lost in translation. This should not be viewed as the fault of an author or translator, but with appreciation that English audiences have a small gateway into Iraqi and Arabic literature.
 
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