Ahmed Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet and screenwriter, born in 1973 in Baghdad, where he works as a documentary filmmaker. He is the author of a volume of poetry, Anniversary of Bad Songs (2000), and the novels The Beautiful Country (2004), Indeed He Dreams or Plays or Dies (2008) and Frankenstein in Baghdad (2013), for which he was awarded the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize. He has also published a further novel, The Chalk Door (2017), and a collection of short stories, The Bare Face Inside the Dream (2018). His most recent novel, Diary of D, was published in Arabic in December 2019. He has won several prizes and in 2010 was selected for the Beirut39, as one of the 39 best Arabic authors below the age of forty. In August 2018, his short story ‘A Sense of Remorse’ was published in Baghdad Noir, the first ever anthology of crime fiction from Iraq to be published in English, as part of Akashic Books’ prestigious noir series.
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