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Reading 'Frankenstein in Baghdad'

While many Iraqis have grown accustomed to daily violence and attacks, some writers are trying to tackle these topics in literary works.
People browse through books during the launch of a reading initiative in Abu Nawas Park in Baghdad September 28, 2013. The "I am Iraqi... I read" initiative was launched on Saturday in Baghdad to encourage Iraqis to read in a country that has suffered decades of war and internal struggle. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad (IRAQ - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY) - RTR3FE1M

Iraq is still witnessing the highest rates of political violence across the world, and the death toll since 2003 is estimated at more than half a million, according to an academic research team.

There have been approximately 2,500 civilian casualties since the beginning of this year, a conservative figure that mainly depends on incidents documented in the media.

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