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When Ahmed Saadawi finished writing "Frankenstein in Baghdad," a dark fantasy about the war that tore Iraq apart a decade ago, he thought his novel dealt with the past. Just like the monster Mary Shelley first dreamed up exactly 200 years ago, Saadawi's hero then took on a life of its own.Saadawi won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014, and became one of the new stars of the regional literary world."Frankenstein in Baghdad" was released in Italian earlier this year, a French translation hit bookshops this month, and the English is due early next year.In the novel, Hadi al-Attag, a rag-and-bone man from the old Baghdad neighborhood of Bataween, sews together body parts scattered by bombings to form a full body.A displaced soul then enters the figure. Saadawi said, waving a copy of his novel.Saadawi is from a family with no artistic pedigree.Saadawi recounted two specific incidents that shocked him and inspired him to write "Frankenstein in Baghdad".
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