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These sensational novels have frequently burst beyond their literary constraints to spawn film and theater adaptations of varying degrees of faithfulness that have then spawned ever more sequels, parodies, and biographical works. Crucially, these novels convey these features through a convoluted narration that unfolds layers of stories within other stories that are almost always expressed as one form of media embedded within another a love letter transcribes a found manuscript, which is itself a rambling transcription of a story being told to someone.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, in her study The Coherence of Gothic Conventions , likens these embedded structures to the Gothic trope of live burial.
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This latter aspect of Gothic novels — their narrative technique — is a key focus of three recent books that adapt 19th-century British Gothic novels to a contemporary, international context. Through their literary investigations, these authors challenge many of the assumptions about history, race, and gender that underlie their Gothic predecessors.
They understand the way that history preserves certain stories while precluding others. Even as our terrors change, our encounters with them remain remarkably similar. Frankenstein dramatizes the dead coming to life. Shelley structures its narration as a frame narrative. In one account, a captain attempts a voyage to the North Pole and encounters a strange man, Victor Frankenstein, who reveals how he discovered and exercised the ability to bring inanimate flesh to life.
In it, the creature philosophizes about the nature of creation by engaging with the work of writers such as John Milton. Frankenstein in Baghdad , on the other hand, is a story about how matter moves between states of life and death. Saadawi eschews science and instead populates his book with magic that escapes the notice and comprehension of most of his characters. But once the Whatsitsname completes each act of vengeance, the avenged part falls off. As he replaces his lost parts with new pieces, the Whatsitsname multiplies his targets — he must kill both innocent and guilty people to keep himself alive — and finds himself implicated in the criminality that he condemns.
After his prominent but shady publisher Ali Baher al-Saidi leaves town to escape allegations of crimes against the government, Mahmoud finds himself caught up in the investigation run by Brigadier Majid, head of the Tracking and Pursuit Department, a joint force overseen by Iraqi and US military intelligence.
A career military officer, Majid sees his position as an opportunity to make himself indispensable in the event of sudden shifts of power. He does this by indulging the misguided notion of employing a troop of fortune-tellers, card-readers, astrologers, and practitioners of magic.
All this is made more curious by the fact that Majid has no knowledge of magic. Technically in charge of information management, he spends a typical day at the office reading reports that only contain findings that were already predicted and attempting to fire someone who has seen the future and preemptively packed up his desk. This is both the most unusual and the most efficient way to structure a department focused on archiving information: once you can read the future, you can document it before it has even happened.
The author becomes part of his own story when he buys the tape recorder from Mahmoud and recounts how the government framed Hadi for the string of killings committed by the monster. In a sense, Frankenstein in Baghdad depicts a conflict between different kinds of media. The Whatsitsname draws his power and his terror from the ever-changing nature of his body as he essentially recharges his battery.
The analogy to media works both ways. Even official, overarching reports by the US government are subject to revision by comparatively minor forms of documentation such as unpublished novels and local magazines. The story begins when John inherits an estate and portrait — and by extension the devilish tale — from his uncle.