Tunisian-Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri has taken the Augustpriset, a leading Swedish literary award, for his novel Allt jag inte minns:

alltThe winning novel,¬†All I Don’t Remember,¬†starts with the death of a man named Samuel in a car crash, and traces his life, as well as his girlfriend’s (an Arabic interpreter), and many of¬†those he touched.

Khemiri’s skilled, rollicking¬†Montecore¬†has previously appeared in English, translated by¬†Rachel Willson-Broyles, as has his¬†Obie-winning play, ‚ÄúInvasion!‚Ä̬†Khemiri is also well-known in Sweden for his “Open Letter to Beatrice Ask,” Sweden’s Minister of Justice.

For Khemiri fans, San Francisco’s Crowded Fire Theatre¬†recently announced its 2015-2016 season, which includes¬†Khemiri‚Äôs play¬†I Call My Brothers, also translated by Willson-Broyles. It’s set to be directed by Evren Odcikin¬†(March 31‚ÄďApril 24, 2016). The play follows¬†one man‚Äôs 24-hour journey after a car explosion that paralyzes an entire city in fear and leads to racial profiling.

According to M.A. Orthofer’s Literary Saloon, “rights [for Allt jag inte minns]¬†have already been sold to this, with it scheduled for publication from Atria in the US and Scribner in the UK; see also the Ahlander Agency information page.”

My favorite publicity quote, from¬†Patrik Lundberg, Aftonbladet:¬†“This damn book is a masterpiece.”