Hassan Blasim Q&A in The National: ‘This is only the beginning of the crisis’
'At literature festivals they ask me, "How do you write?" I say, "I open my laptop and type. Now let’s talk about refugees."'
Iraq + 100 editor, and author of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Winning collection The Iraqi Christ, Hassan Blasim, has been featured in The National having undertaken a Q&A with author and journalist Robin Yassin-Kassab.
Hassan discusses the refugee crisis and his own experiences as a refugee; artistic activism; and literary diversity as freedom in this insightful article.
When asked how a writer can be an activist, he said:
'At literature festivals they ask me, "How do you write?" I say, "I open my laptop and type. Now let’s talk about refugees." I think the artist should be an activist too. I don’t mean you should write a novel as if you’re an activist, but that you should do both. You meet many artists in the West who tell you that politics is dirty and empty, that they want nothing to do with it. And now Trump has won.'
Blasim and Comma's publishing relationship has so far focused on his short stories, and in this article he talks about his use of both the short story and other forms, including his upcoming novel, and his play, 'The Digital Hats Game'.
Read the full article here.
To find out more about Hassan Blasim, and the books Comma has published by him, click here.