The Iraqi Christ longlist Frank O Connor Short Story Award 2013
Dont Kill me, I Beg You.This is My Tree
The Iraqi Christ
The Corpse Exhibition
Manchester-based independent Comma Press has sold short story collection The Corpse Exhibition by Iraq war refugee Hassan Blasim to John Siciliano at Penguin US.
The deal is for a collection of stories that comprises both Blasim's first collection, Madman of Freedom Square, about the Iraq war from an Iraqi's perspective, and his forthcoming one The Iraqi Christ, which Comma will publish in the UK in Decembe.
Award Winning and Banned
Hassan Blasim's forthcoming second collection, The Iraqi Christ, has just been awarded one of English Pen's four Writers in Translation Awards for 2012. Almost simultaneously, news has reached Comma that the Arabic edition of Hassan's first book, The Madman of Freedom Square (which took three years to find an Arabic publisher after the English edition came out, and only then appeared in a heavily censored state) has just been officially banned in Jordan. More comment here and here. Censorship, as always, is alive and well.