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Frankenstein in Baghdad is a dark, funny fantasy

Ahmed Saadawi's new book is an impressively macabre tale of modern Iraq

By Tanjil Rashid   April 2018
A 2009 suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraw Picture Credit: Wikipedia

A 2009 suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraw Picture Credit: Wikipedia

Iraq was invented after the First World War, a Frankenstein’s monster of a state stitched together from the remains of the dismembered Ottoman empire. The three former provinces now known as Iraq, and their three constituent peoples, Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs and Kurds, have been plagued by violence ever since.

This is the history that explains the ingenious conceit of Frankenstein in Baghdad, the novel that won Ahmed Saadawi the International…

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