The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq
An explosive new voice in fiction emerges from Iraq in this blistering debut by “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” (The Guardian
All the stories share a complexity and depth that will appeal to readers of literary fiction, while some focus more plainly on evil’s abyss, much like biblical parables. A collection of fractured-mirror reality stories for fans of Günter Grass, Gabriel García Márquez or Jorge Luis Borges
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.