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Finland-based writer wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Hassan Blasim, who has lived in Finland since 2004, is the first Arabic writer to win the prestigious international literary award, which was given to his second collection of short stories "The Iraqi Christ" at a ceremony in London last night.

Hassan Blasim.
Tampere's Hassan Blasim is the first Arabic writer to win the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Image: Yle

Finland-based Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim became the first Arabic writer to win the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He received the award in London on Thursday night for his second collection of short stories, "The Iraqi Christ".

Blasim, who has lived in Finland since 2004, currently resides in Tampere’s Pispala neighbourhood. In addition to having published several critically acclaimed books including "The Madman of Freedom Square," which was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010, he is also a filmmaker who has made some short films for Yle.

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