‘Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive…’ – The Guardian.
‘Bolaño-esque in its visceral exuberance, and also Borgesian in its gnomic complexity… a master of metaphor.’ – The Guardian.
‘At first, you receive Blasim with the kind of shocked applause you’d award a fairly transgressive stand-up. You’re quite elated. Then you stop reading it at bedtime. At his best, Blasim produces a corrosive mixture of broken lyricism, bitter irony and hyper-realism which topples into the fantastic and the quotidian in the same reading moment.’ – M John Harrison
‘Blasim deserves a wider audience, one ready to be shocked and awed by these pitch-black fairytales.’ – The National
‘His stories struck me as so different from anything else I had read, not only from that part of the world but from anywhere else.’ – Feature in the Wall Street Journal
‘Brilliant and disturbing… bitter, furious and unforgettable.’ – Wall Street Journal
‘If a short story could break the heart of a rock, this might just be the one….’ – The New York Times
‘The existence of this book is reason for hope, proof of the power of storytelling.’ – The Boston Globe
‘Brutal, vulgar, imaginative, and unerringly captivating…A searing, original portrait of Iraq.’ – Publishers Weekly
‘Powerful, moving and deeply descriptive.’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘Blunt and gruesome.’ – The Huffington Post
Interview in Guernica Magazine.
Essay inspired by Hassan’s appearance in New York – Helen Benedict in Guernica Magazine.