Friday 56 – Frankenstein in Baghdad

frankenstein in baghdadThe Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple – turn to page 56 in your current read (or 56% in your e-reader) and post a few non-spoilery sentences.

This week’s quote is from Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated from its original Arabic by Jonathan Wright.

The cat escaped once more to the roof and looked out over the courtyard of Hadi’s dilapidated house. Hadi scratched his head in puzzlement and looked all over the place for the body he had made. He imagined finding it hanging from a wall or hovering in that morning’s pure blue sky.

Despite the pains in his joints and his head, Hadi went outside and looked up and down the lane for a sign that something strange had happened, but he wasn’t willing to stop any of his neighbors to ask, “Excuse me, have you seen a naked corpse walking down the street?”

Hadi was a liar, and everyone knew it. He would need witnesses to corroborate a claim of having had fried eggs for breakfast, let alone a story about a naked corpse made up of the body parts of people killed in explosions.

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2 thoughts on “Friday 56 – Frankenstein in Baghdad

    • The writing style was a little hard to get used to, but from speaking with my husband (he was an Arabic linguist in the military) I knew that that kind of rambling storytelling is part of the culture/language. I try to give translated books a little more effort on my part for reasons like that. I’m aware I’m not reading an English book, so I’ll deal with a slightly difficult writing style.

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