On loss and monsters: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

“From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S occupied Baghdad, Hadi a scavenger and an oddball fixture at the local cafe 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 to give them proper burial. But when the corpse … More On loss and monsters: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

  ‘It is 1959, Damascus. The most famous storyteller in Damascus, Salim, the coachman, has mysteriously lost his voice. For seven nights, his seven old friends gather to break the spell with their seven different, unique stories — some personal, some modern, some borrowed from the past. Against the backdrop of shifting Middle Eastern politics, … More Playful nods to the Arabian Nights in ‘Damascus Nights’

Uni Book Haul

          *Let’s see if I can finish these books before my last undergrad semester takes over. I’ve just started The Power of Myth and I’m restraining myself from quoting. I can’t wait to read The Hero of a Thousand Faces. I grabbed The Future is Japanese because of the anthology’s theme…and picked up Hyperspace because it mentioned parallel universes. Michio Kaku is on … More Uni Book Haul