Ahmed Saadawi: Frankenstein in Baghdad (2265 words)


Ahmed Saadawi (b. 1973) is an Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. His third novel, Frankenšte in Baghdad (2013, English translation 2018), was the first work by an Iraqi writer to win the prestigious International Prize for Arab Fiction in 2014 – where the prize also covers the costs of an English translation of the novel. Expertly translated by Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad was published in 2018 and the novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in the same year. The novel also won  Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2010, Saadawi was selected for the Beirut39 as one of the best Arab authors under the age of 40. His previous works (…

Citation: Hassan, Reema. "Frankenstein in Baghdad". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 November 2020 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38878, accessed 08 December 2022.]

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