Hassan Blasim visits the UK

10 December 2012, 7:00 am12 December 2012, 9:00 pm

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In December 2012, poet, filmaker and short story writer Hassan Blasim visits the UK to promote his latest collection of short stories The Iraqi Christ, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

‘Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive…’ The Guardian.

About the book

A soldier with the ability to predict the future finds himself blackmailed by an insurgent into the ultimate act of terror…A deviser of crosswords survives a car-bomb attack, only to discover he is now haunted by one of its victims…Fleeing a robbery, a Baghdad shopkeeper falls into a deep hole, at the bottom of which sits a djinni and the corpse of a soldier from a completely different war…

From legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, Blasim’s stories blend the fantastic with the everyday, the surreal with the all-too-real. Taking his cues from Kafka, his prose shines a dazzling light into the dark absurdities of Iraq’s recent past and the torments of its countless refugees. The subject of this, his second collection, is primarily trauma and the curious strategies human beings adopt to process it (including, of course, fiction). The result is a masterclass in metaphor – a new kind of story-telling, forged in the crucible of war, and just as shocking.

Monday 10th December, Newcastle

7pm at the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE (Tel: 0191 232 0192).

This event is Free.

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Tuesday 11th December, Manchester

7pm at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY.

This event is free.

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 Wednesday 12th December, London

7pm at The Mosaic Rooms A.M. Qattan Foundation, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

This event is free.

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“At first, you receive Blasim with the kind of shocked applause you’d award a fairly transgressive stand-up. You’re quite elated. Then you stop reading it at bedtime. At his best, Blasim produces a corrosive mixture of broken lyricism, bitter irony and hyper-realism which topples into the fantastic and the quotidian in the same reading moment.”– M John Harrison


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