Oneworld buys IPAF winner

Oneworld buys IPAF winner

Oneworld has acquired Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad, the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).

Publisher Juliet Mabey acquired UK and Commonwealth, excluding Canada, first serial, audio and e-book rights from Rosy Locke at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

This will be Saadawi’s first novel to be translated into English.

Frankenstein in Baghdad explores the devastating effect of war in modern-day Iraq, reimagining the world’s most famous zombie as a composite corpse, "Whatitsname", seeking vengeance against the killers of its donor parts.

Saadawi said: “The Whatsitsname is the fictional representation of the process of everyone killing everyone, a visual representation of the larger crisis.”

Frankenstein in Baghdad, Saadawi’s third novel, is the first book by an Iraqi author to win the IPAF.

Oneworld will publish Frankenstein in Baghdad in autumn 2016. The book will be published by Penguin Books in north America.

Saadawi lives and works in Baghdad. He will be in the UK in July to attend an Arab literature conference at the British Library.

Meanwhile Pan Macmillan is now representing independent publisher Oneworld Publications in Europe and the Middle East.

The deal between the two companies began on 1st January, with Pan Macmillan’s sales team now dealing with Oneworld customers in Europe and the Middle East.

Oneworld will continue to be warehoused and distributed by Grantham Book Services.

Customers in Europe and the Middle East can place orders via the Pan Macmillan sales team at