Photograph by: Katja Bohm
Hassan Blasim author and filmmaker. Born in Baghdad in 1973, he studied at the city's Academy of Cinematic Arts, where two of his films ‘Gardenia’ (screenplay) and ‘White Clay’ (screenplay & director) 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).
After first appearing in English in Madinah, his debut collection The Madman of Freedom Square was translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright and published by Comma a year later (2009). Madman was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010, and has since been translated into five languages. A heavily edited version of the book was finally published in Arabic in 2012, and was immediately banned in many Arab countries. His second collection The Iraqi Christ was published in 2013. He has won the English PEN Writers in Translation award twice, and was recently described by The Guardian as ‘perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive’.
Books and Publications
* The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq (2014) Penguin.Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
* The Iraqi Christ,(2013)Comma Press, Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright.WINNER OF THE ENGLISH PEN WRITERS IN TRANSLATION' AWARD
* Madman of Freedom Square, (2009)Comma Press, Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright
WINNER OF THE ENGLISH PEN WRITERS IN TRANSLATION' AWARD
literature price of Tampere city. Finland 2013
Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010
Longlist for the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
The book translated into English, Finnish, Polish and Italian
* ‘The Shia’s Poisoned Child’ (2008) story collection. Ebook: http://www.iraqstory.com/
* ‘Crossing Martyrs Bridge’ (2008) short story published in Prospect Magazine: No. 153, December 2008.
* ‘The Book of Wounded Camera’ (2007) Writings on cinema. Ebook: http://www.iraqstory.com/
* ‘Diving into Existing’ (2007) correspondence and dairies in collaboration with Adnan al-Mubarak. Ebook: http://www.iraqstory.com/
* ‘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.
* ‘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.
‘Wounded Camera’ (2000) long Kurdish drama film (director).
‘Blank Mud’ (1997) Award-winning for best film in the Iraqi Arts Academy film festival (writer and actor).
‘Cabinette’ (1997) (writer and actor)
‘Gardenia’ (1996) Award-winning for best film in the Iraqi Arts Academy film festival (writer and director ).
(writer, director) ‘Roots’ (2008) short documentary, YLE TV1, YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company).
‘Life at Speed of Laugher’ (2007) short experimental film (writer, director), YLE TV1, Finnish Broadcasting Company.
‘Credible’ (2007) short documentary, YLE TV1, YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company).
‘Sleepless’ (2006) short documentary, YLE TV1, YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company).