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*Cancelled* PEN Atlas presents: ‘Frankenstein in Baghdad’ with Ahmed Saadawi at Mr B’s, Bath
8 February 2018, 7:00 pm—8:00 pm£4.17 – £6
**Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is no longer taking place*
We’re delighted to partner up with Mr B’s to introduce you to one of contemporary Arabic fiction’s most exciting voices. Frankenstein in Baghdad is a beast as rare as the monster at the core of its plot, a novel whose boldness is only matched by its imagination and sense of urgency. In war-torn Baghdad, scavenger Hadi gathers body parts from humans killed in explosions, ostensibly to force the government to recognise them as people and grant them a proper burial. Soon, however, stories of a barely-human, horrifying figure begin to circulate amongst the city’s inhabitants. The Whatsitsname appears to be on a killing spree, but it cannot itself be killed.
Frankenstein in Baghdad, translated by Jonathan Wright, makes use of a horror story familiar to many in the English-speaking world, masterfully twisting it, and exposing us to the singular horrors of occupied Iraq, whilst also introducing a range of original and thoroughly alive characters.
Ticket price includes author interview, a glass of wine and 15% off all books on the night.
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 L’Imaginaire in 2017. He lives in Baghdad.
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