Hassan Blasim

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Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim (born 1973) is an Iraqi-born film director and writer who lives in Finland. He writes in Arabic.

Blasim went to Finland as a refugee in 2004 after getting in trouble when making the film The Wounded Camera in the Kurdish area in northern Iraq.[1] He made four short films for the Finnish broadcasting company Yle. His short story collection The Madman of Freedom Square was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010.[2] His book The Iraqi Christ, translated from Arabic to English by Jonathan Wright, and published by Comma Press in 2013. A selection of his stories was published as The Corpse Exhibition by Penguin US in 2014. It won a number of awards including one of four winners in the English Pen's Writers in Translation Programme Awards.[3] In 2014, he became the first ever Arabic writer to win the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Iraqi Christ.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

  • The Wounded Camera
  • Uneton, 2006[6]
  • Luottamuksen arvoinen, 2007
  • Elämä nopea kuin nauru, 2007
  • Juuret, 2008

Books[edit]

  • Short Films (2005) collection of articles in: Cinema Booklets: Series of Publications for the Emirates Film Competition. Ed. S. Sarmini. Abu Dhabi: Emirates Cultural Foundation.
  • Poetic Cinema (2006) collection of articles. Ed. Salah Sarmini, in: Cinema Booklets: Series of Publications for the Emirates Film Competition. Abu Dhabi: Emirates Cultural Foundation
  • Diving into Existing (2007) correspondence and dairies in collaboration with Adnan al-Mubarak.
  • Wounded Camera (2007) Writings on cinema.
  • The Shia’s Poisoned Child (2008) story collection.
  • Madman of Freedom Square (2009) Comma Press, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
  • The Iraqi Christ (2013) Comma Press, short stories, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
  • The Corpse Exhibition (2014) Penguin US, short stories, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.literaturfestival.com/archive/participants/authors/2010/hassan-blasim?set_language=en
  2. ^ Boyd Tonkin (12 March 2010). "Reading all over the world: The long-list for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize spans the globe". The Independent. Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Emma Cleave (April 13, 2012). "English PEN Announces the Winners of its Writers in Translation Programme Awards 2012". English PEN. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Boyd Tonkin (23 May 2014). "Iraq's 'Irvine Welsh' wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Iraqi Christ". The Independent. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Alison Flood (8 April 2014). "Knausgaard heads Independent foreign fiction prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Yle, Basaari (Finnish)

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