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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

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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