SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018
Strange, violent and wickedly funny... A remarkable achievement, and one that, regrettably, is unlikely ever to lose its urgent relevancy. Guardian [A] biting satire of Iraqi life and sectarian disputes. Financial Times [Saadawi is] Baghdads new literary star. New York Times Helped by Jonathan Wrights elegant and witty translation, which reaches for and attains bracing pathos, Saadawis novel mixes a range of characters and their voices to surprising, even jolting effect...a remarkable book. Observer A darkly delightful novel Detective story and satire as well as gothic horror, Frankenstein in Baghdad provides a tragicomic take on a society afflicted by fear, and a parable concerning responsibility and justice. New Statesman 'Expertly told... A significant addition to contemporary Arabic fiction.' Judges citation, International Prize for Arabic Fiction Frankenstein in Baghdad is more than just a black comedy. Its as much of a crossbreed as its ghoulish hero part thriller, part horror, part social commentary. Financial Times 'A nightmarish, but horridly hilarious, tale Sinister, satirical, ferociously comic but oddly moving. Spectator Complex but very readable and darkly humorous; it has well-observed characters, whose back stories reflect the wider context. Times Literary Supplement 'Suffused with macabre humor, this novel captures the bizarre reality of life that is contemporary Baghdad... An important piece of political literature to emerge out of Iraq.' The Week 'A dark and fresh examination of the violence in Iraq.' Metro
Ahmed Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. In 2010 he was selected for Beirut39, as one of the thirty-nine best Arab authors under the age of forty, and in 2014 he became the first Iraqi to win the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction. This prize was awarded to Frankenstein in Baghdad, which also won Le Grand Prix de LImaginaire in 2017. He lives in Baghdad. Jonathan Wright studied Arabic at Oxford University. He is the translator of Hassan Blasim's The Corpse Exhibition, which won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. He lives in London.