"Books are selected for PEN Translates awards on the basis of outstanding literary quality, strength of the publishing project, and contribution to literary diversity in the UK."
Blasim further said, in an interview for Barnes & Noble, that he didn’t write about Americans, and indeed “deliberately ignored stories of American soldiers, the kind that appear in Iraqi and American literature and art, either as heroes, victims, or criminals.”
"If in the classroom you’re able to compare multiple translations of a single work, and/or read essays by translators on their craft, this offers rich and rigorous examples of how choices are made on the level of word, phrase, syntax, diction, metaphor, image, so on. Such examples of precision and multiplicity are ideal for student writers."
Blasim also has a forthcoming novel, God 99, that follows Hassan Owl, an Iraqi who arrives in Finland as a writer and a refugee.
Today marks 10 years of Comma Press. In celebration, we have five recommended reads.
Yet Iraqi literature continues, somehow, to blossom. There are older writers Fadhil al-Azzawi and Muhammad Khudayyir still at work (although the former in exile), and much younger ones, too: Thirtysomething Iraqi Hassan Blassim has been called "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive."
According to a notice on Kikah, Banipal magazine is seeking Scandinavian-Arab authors to put together a special issue on "Arab Writers in Scandinavia."
Since Robin Yassin-Kassab declared in the Guardian that Hassan Blasim is "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive," it's been needling me. Surely, Blasim is an excellent writer. Yes, I think there are more mature writers of Arabic fiction (alive). But never mind that. What's been bothering me is that Blasim is not available … Continue reading First Book of ‘Perhaps Best Writer of Arabic Fiction Alive’ Not Available in…Arabic?
The Guardian review of Beirut39: New Writing from the Arab World , penned by author Robin Yassin-Kassab, begins with the well-worn notion that the news media shrinks our minds, stuffing us with stereotypes about Arabs. Literature, on the other hand, expands our minds. Therefore, we must read literature about the Arab world. I find myself … Continue reading Guardian Reviews Beirut39 Collection, Says Hassan Blasim Perhaps ‘Best Writer of Arabic Fiction Alive’
According to the Emerging Writers Network (as well as a few lit mags and media outlets), May is not just the month of workers and flowers, but is also Short Story Month. To celebrate, you'll surely need to crack open a collection from the Arabic language's short-story genius, Yusuf Idris. Although I think many of … Continue reading Celebrate Short Story Month With Yusuf Idris, Ghassan Kanafani, Others