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Professor Suha Kudsieh of the College of Staten Island English department will read from Ahmad Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad and comment on its connection to Frankenstein. The talk will examine Ahmad Saadai’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the construction of new national symbols, the deployment of dark humor, and the author’s use of magic realism and metanarrative techniques.

Set in Baghdad at the height of the civil war that began in 2004, a terrible creature appears out of the blue in the city. He is stitched out of the dismembered bodies of dead Iraqis, victims of  suicide bombings and ethnic violence. His mission is to avenge the deaths of those Iraqis. The novel won the most prestigious award for Arabic fiction in 2014.

For more information, please see our Frankenreads library webpage: https://library.csi.cuny.edu/Frankenreads