"Yet none of us could object, as that was the way things were; these were the laws of our society, and we were completely satisfied with them. I didn't know whether we had a choice in this satisfaction, but I didn't like to tire my mind thinking about it."
"He keeps walking. The buildings, rubble, and garbage around him duplicate and multiply."
Blasim also has a forthcoming novel, God 99, that follows Hassan Owl, an Iraqi who arrives in Finland as a writer and a refugee.
"She is the one who has become his widow, and I am a woman of sin who deserves to be stoned, who steals men from the warmth of their homes."
In addition to the $20,000 monetary award, the prize will also provide support toward the collection's English-language translation and publication.