Friday, October 12, 2018

Happy Horror Release: Monster

Frankenstein in Baghdad
by Ahmed Saadawi
translated by Jonathan Wright
-Horror, Middle East
Release date: January 23, 2018
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From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local cafĂ©—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.


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* Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

* Winner of France’s Grand Prize for Fantasy

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