14 December 2016 text Natalia Ivanova
Guardian calls him "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive" and perhaps this is the best compliment you can her in your lifetime. Blasim, however, seems to be more concerned with the response of ordinary people in Iraq, Syria and Libya, who live with his stories. They are all written "by first hand and in the first person about the terror of his people and others', says Janet 45 when issuing his first collection The Madman of Freedom Square. They are now printing his second one - The Iraqi Christ (that won Prize for Independent Foreign Fiction from The Independent).