Frankenstein in Baghdad

Penguin. Jan. 2018. 288p. tr. from Arabic by Jonathan Wright. ISBN 9780143128793. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780143128809. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION
In U.S.-occupied, bomb-strewn Baghdad, a local eccentric named Hadi collects human body parts and lovingly sews them together, intent on creating a whole corpse representing the city's slain, which he hopes the government will recognize as deserving of a proper burial. But the corpse is stolen, and soon an unkillable monster is marauding about, signifying Iraq's runaway chaos. Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction; big news coverage here already.
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