Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
an admirable concern to keep lines open to writing in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America.
Seamus Heaney

Hassan Blasim

  • About
  • Reviews
  • Awards
  • Hassan Blasim is a poet, filmmaker and short story writer. Born in Baghdad in 1973, he studied at the city's Academy of Cinematic Arts, where two of his films Gardenia (screenplay & director) and White Clay (screenplay) won the Academy's Festival Award for Best Work in their respective years. In 1998 he left Baghdad for Sulaymaniya (Iraqi Kurdistan), where he continued to make films, including the feature-length drama Wounded Camera, under the pseudonym Ouazad Osman, fearing for his family back in Baghdad under the Hussein dictatorship. In 2004, he moved to Finland, where he has since made numerous short films and documentaries for Finnish television. His stories have previously been published on www.iraqstory.com and his essays on cinema have featured in Cinema Booklets (Emirates Cultural Foundation). His first short story in English appeared in Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East (Comma, 2008). The Madman of Freedom Square is his first book.
    'It is not his identity but the quality of his writing that makes his voice striking. It is deeply troubling and complex, the metaphors arresting and violent.'
    The Spectator
    'Blasim's tone is a resilient blend of mordancy and broken lyricism.'
    Intelligent Life

    'In Arabic, the fearlessness of Blasim's stories has broken new ground, leading some to ignore his playfulness and sharp scene-setting.'
    Al Jazeera
    'It is the first time in the prize’s 24-year history that it has gone to an Arab writer and also the first time that a short story collection has been victorious.'
    The Bookseller
     'Blasim pitches everyday horror into something almost gothic... his taste for the surreal can be Gogol-like.'
    The Independent
     'The news machine has shifted its attention to Afghanistan, and Iraqis are being left to fend for themselves. Blasim's collection reminds us that anything could still happen there. Iraq's story must still be told, and we need Iraqi voices like Blasim's to tell it.'
    Intelligent Life
    Awards won by Hassan Blasim Long-listed, 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (The Madman of Freedom Square) Winner, 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (The Iraqi Christ )
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog In Her Feminine Sign: Dunya Mikhail on Language read more PN Review Summer Launch 2019 read more 'A Map Towards Fluency' read more PN Review 247: Editorial read more Jenny Lewis: Recording Gilgamesh read more Closet System: Rowland Bagnall read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2019 Carcanet Press Ltd