Frankenstein in Baghdad

Frankenstein in Baghdad

A Novel

Book - 2018
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After he constructs a corpse from body parts found on the street, Hadi wants the government to prepare a proper burial, but when the corpse goes missing, a series of strange murders occur and Hadi realizes he has created a monster.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143128793
0143128795
Branch Call Number: FIC SADAWI 2018
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wright, Jonathan 1953-

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A horrifying creature stalks the bombed-out streets of postwar Baghdad, seeking vengeance. (Iraq)


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meviousmaddie
Nov 28, 2019

Phenomenal concept for a novel, which speaks to the collective traumas and circular impacts of violence on the inhabitants of Baghdad. The shared narration of characters was beautifully done. The ending felt like a significant shift from the meat of the novel, which built the story with clarity and purpose, towards a more philosophical and ambiguous conclusion. Perhaps that is deliberate commentary on the increasing moral ambivalence and uncertainty in an ongoing conflict-- but I found myself waiting for an ending that matched the narrative strength of the rising action. Want to read in the original Arabic!

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Pressroom
Dec 08, 2018

Where Mary Shelley's work contemplated who was truly human, and who were the monsters, this book uses the monster motif to explore the futility of seeking revenge at a time when the lines of criminal and victim are blurred by unending war and violence.

It's a good book and doesn't feel like philosophy is being jammed down your throat. You could read it just for the compelling story.

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rixonkj
Aug 26, 2018

What do you get when you combine the literary tradition begun by Mary Shelley with a city where bombs fall from the sky and roll up to you on four wheels on the street and lurk under piles of trash? When you combine human pettiness with the shifting, anarchic politics of a country divided from within and bullied from without, and a little bit of magic?

You don't get justice, it turns out, or even a clean revenge, but you do get a masterpiece of a book.

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