Hassan Blasim

Saturday

Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi-born author who writes in Arabic. Since 2004, he has lived in Finland. The Madman of Freedom Square was published by Comma Press in 2009. It was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. A heavily edited version of the book was published in Arabic in 2012, and was immediately banned in many Arab countries. The Iraqi Christ was published by Comma Press in 2013 and it won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. Both of the short story collections have been translated into several languages.

The Corpse Exhibition was published in the US in 2014 by Penguin. Blasim was selected for the Barnes and Noble US-wide ‘Discover Great Writers’ programme. The Corpse Exhibition was selected for one of The Top Ten Books 2014 by Publishers Weekly.

Blasim has been PEN-awarded three times. He was described by The Guardian as “perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive.”

This spring, he is releasing his first novel, Allah99.

 

Photo: Katja Bohm