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Monday, 5 February 2018

Writers at Manchester Met: Ahmed Sadaawi

Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to present an evening with Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and documentary film maker Ahmed Sadaawi and his English translator Jonathan Wright.

Ahmed Sadaawi won the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and France’s Grand Prize for Fantasty for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. The novel tackles the aftermath of the Amercian occupation of Iraq, following a nameless figure made from the remains of bombing victims seeking revenge against their killers. It was described by The New York Times as “a haunting allegory for sectarian violence”. Ahmed will be reading from and talking about his work, and answering questions from the audience. Refreshments will be available on arrival and copies of Ahmed’s books will be available from Blackwell’s bookstall, with signing after the event.

Ahmed lives and works in Baghdad – a UNESCO City of Literature. This special event celebrates Manchester’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature and is presented in partnership between the Manchester Writing School and Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies with support from the British Council. The event is free to attend and all are welcome but pre-booking via EventBrite is essential.

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