About

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Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi-born author and filmmaker, who writes in Arabic. Since 2004, he has lived in Finland. The Madman of Freedom Square was published by Comma Press in 2009. It was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. A heavily edited version of the book was published in Arabic in 2012, and was immediately banned in many Arab countries. The Iraqi Christ was published by Comma Press in 2013 and it won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. Both of the short story collections have been translated into several languages.
The Corpse Exhibition was published in the US in 2014 by Penguin. Blasim was selected for the Barnes and Noble US-wide ‘Discover Great Writers’ programme. The Corpse Exhibition was selected for one of The Top Ten Books 2014 by Publishers Weekly.
Blasim has been PEN-awarded three times. He was described by The Guardian as “perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive.”


Palkinnot ja ehdokkuudet
 Best Books of 2014 (Publisher’s Weekly)
2014 teoksesta The Corpse Exhibition

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize2014
2014 teoksesta Irakin purkkajeesus (The Iraqi Christ)

Writers in Translation (English PEN)
2012 teoksesta Irakin purkkajeesus (The Iraqi Christ), 2009 teoksesta Vapaudenaukion mielipuoli (The Madman of Freedom Square)


Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
long-list  -ehdokkuus
2010 teoksesta Vapaudenaukion mielipuoli (The Madman of Freedom Square)


Frank O'Connor Short Story Award
long-list -ehdokkuus
2010 teoksesta Vapaudenaukion mielipuoli (The Madman of Freedom Square)
  




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.


* Madman of Freedom Square, (2009)Comma Press, Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright


* ‘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.

Films

‘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 ).


Television

(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).