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.”
Awards and nominations
The Finland Prize 2015
Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2014, for The Corpse Exhibition
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014 for The Iraqi Christ
Literature price of Tampere city, Finland, 2013 for The Madman of Freedom Square
Writers in Translation (English PEN): 2012 for The Iraqi Christ, 2009 for The Madman of Freedom Square
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010, long-list, The Madman of Freedom Square
Frank O’Connor Short Story Award 2010, long-list, The Madman of Freedom Square
Hassan Blasim’s work has been supported by /Hassan Blasimin työskentelyä ovat tukeneet
Thank you! / Kiitos