‘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

American Press:

‘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.

Essay written in response to Helen Benedict’s piece – Michael Carson.



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