Iraqi writer wins Arabic fiction award
Baghdad, May 3, 2014
Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi won the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2014.
Saadawi's novel, 'Frankenstein in Baghdad,' will be translated into English as a result.
The novel is set in the spring of 2005 and tells the story of Hadi Al Attag, a rag-and-bone man who lives in a populous district of Baghdad. He takes body parts of people killed in explosions and sews them together to create a new body.
The body is entered by a displaced soul, bringing it to life.
The creature begins a campaign of revenge against those who killed the people who make up the body parts of the whole.
"We chose Frankenstein in Baghdad for several reasons," said IPAF chair judge Saad Albazei. "First for the originality of its narrative structure, as represented in the 'what's-it's-name' character, who embodies the violence currently experienced in Iraq, other Arab countries and the wider world.
"The story is expertly told on several levels and from multiple viewpoints.
"It is a significant addition to contemporary Arabic fiction."
The prize also includes a monetary value of $50,000 and is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation and funded by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.-TradeArabia News Service