In this dark satire, Ahmed Saadawi creates a monster that needs human flesh to survive - first from the guilty, then from anyone in its path. Translated by Jonathan Wright.

From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, the junk dealer Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and give them a proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed.

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Ahmed Saadawi

Ahmed Saadawi

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Ahmed Saadawi was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in May 1973.

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Jonathan Wright

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Jonathan Wright was born in Hampshire, England, in December 1953.
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