The Madman of Freedom Square: Hassan Blasim and Jonathan Wright in Conversation With Amir Ahmadi Arian and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Join this conversation featuring author Hassan Blasim and translator Jonathan Wright, wich is part of NDU’s Literatures of Annihilation series.

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The Iraqi ‘Irvine Kafka Poe’

The comparison is both oddly specific and also strangely unhelpful: Blasim is “Iraq’s Irvine Welsh.” Yes, yes, Irvine Welsh is a name I should instantly recognize. But to be honest, I had forgotten why. Irvine, my brain said. Irvine, California? Worse, my brain had linked the name “Irvine Welsh” to novels and screenplays by the American writer Peter Hedges.

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