Frankenstein in Baghdad
by Ahmed Saadawi
Translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright
Penguin Books, 2018
5 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: Hadi collects body parts and stitches them together. Then the corpse goes missing and the murders begin.
Likes: This work reflects the complexity of U.S. occupied Baghdad.
Dislikes: This didn’t exceed expectations. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t wow me.
Overall upon reflection, this reminded me of Exit West because this work reflects on a contemporary situation (this time in Baghdad) and adds a supernatural twist. But I did like Exit West more. I found more to connect to. On the other hand, I liked this book more than Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Content: Violence – Medium-High, because of the attacks