The Madman of Freedom Square (2020)

The Madman of Freedom Square Hassan Blasim Jonathan Wright The Madman of Freedom Square Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive The Guardian Jun From hostage video makers in Baghdad to human trafficking in the forests of Serbia institutionalised paranoia in the Saddam ye
  • Title: The Madman of Freedom Square
  • Author: Hassan Blasim Jonathan Wright
  • ISBN: 9781905583942
  • Page: 239
  • Format: ebook
The Madman of Freedom Square Hassan Blasim Jonathan Wright Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive The Guardian, 12 Jun 10.From hostage video makers in Baghdad, to human trafficking in the forests of Serbia, institutionalised paranoia in the Saddam years, to the nightmares of an exile trying to embrace a new life in Amsterdam Blasim s stories present an uncompromising view of the West s relationship with Iraq, sp Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive The Guardian, 12 Jun 10.From hostage video makers in Baghdad, to human trafficking in the forests of Serbia, institutionalised paranoia in the Saddam years, to the nightmares of an exile trying to embrace a new life in Amsterdam Blasim s stories present an uncompromising view of the West s relationship with Iraq, spanning over twenty years and taking in everything from the Iran Iraq War through to the Occupation, as well as offering a haunting critique of the post war refugee experience.Blending allegory with historical realism, and subverting readers expectations in an unflinching comedy of the macabre, these stories manage to be both phantasmagoric and shockingly real, light in touch yet steeped in personal nightmare For all their despair and darkness, though, what lingers than the haunting images of war, or the insanity of those who would benefit from it, is the spirit of defiance, the indefatigable courage of those few characters keeping faith with what remains of human intelligence.Together these stories represent the first major literary work about the war from an Iraqi perspective Long Listed for the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Blasim moves adeptly between surreal, internalised states of mind and ironic commentary on Islamic extremism and the American invasion excellent The Metro, 22 Oct 09 Blasim pitches everyday horror into something almost gothic his taste for the surreal can be Gogol like The Independent, 6 Oct 09 Crisp and shocking Too febrile and macabre to file under reportage, this cruel, funny and unsettling debut has hooks and twists that will lodge in any mind The Guardian
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  1. Петър Панчев

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  2. Thea

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  4. David Hebblethwaite

    One thing I feel I ought to do often as a reader and reviewer is engage with the issues I tend to think about how novels and stories work as pieces of fiction, and park the issues they deal with to one side I probably shouldn t do that, and certainly couldn t do that with the stories in the Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim s collection, The Madman of Freedom Square translated by Jonathan Wright , because they re all about how stories shape people s experiences of war and its consequences.The opening [...]

  5. Kristiina

    Tarinat liukuvat irvokkaasta runolliseen pilkunkaan varoittamatta Muistumia it eurooppalaisesta surrealismista tai absurdismista, mutta juonekkaampaa, loistokkaampaa, sujuvalukuisempaa mist kiitos my s k nt j lle Sampsa Peltoselle Henke salpaava lukukokemus

  6. Antonomasia

    This brief first collection by the Iraqi Finnish short story writer is good, but not quite as stunning as his second, The Iraqi Christ which, in an unusually perspicacious decision by award judges, won the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize It s quietly structured like a journey, with the earlier stories taking place in Iraq, some later ones on the road with illegal immigrants and in refugee holding centres, and the last two among Iraqi men settled in the Netherlands and, finally, Finland.Th [...]

  7. Noora

    Hassan Blasim s short story collection The Madman of Freedom Square centers around the conditions in Iraq before and during the Iraq war and around the individual as well as universal experience of a refugee The stories themselves are shocking tales of cruelty, but also oddly comical in their cannibalistic views Especially the story Corpse Exhibition is a surprisingly fascinating monologue on the rites and codes of a secret society specialising in placing corpses on public spaces highlighting th [...]

  8. Sophia

    Blasim is an Iraqi writer, dealing with what it means to be an Iraqi in a post sanctions post invasion world The country s relationship with the West and the impact of that relationship is central to these short stories whether they deal with migration, exile, fundamentalism or corruption There is a violence streaking through most of these stories, perhaps reaching an apex in The Corpse Exhibition , one of the collection s strongest stories In the ways in which they communicate the pain of being [...]

  9. Todor

    These Iraqi short stories could pass as the work of a very imaginative horror fiction writer you remind yourself they most probably happened in real life Disturbing, revelatoryportant

  10. Rima Rashid

    Boy did this collection mess me up It was a This is so gross but I Can t Stop My Eyes reading experience about insanity, cannibalism and corpses Some of my favourite short stories were An Army Newspaper Where a war journalist goes crazy struggling to hide large amounts of story submissions by a deceased soldier after publishing them and taking the credit The Virgin and the Soldier In which U.N inspectors discover Hamid and a dead girl missing three fingers in the cabinet of a sewing factory The [...]

  11. Essi Huuhka

    Kiinnostavaa tutustua t h n kansainv lisesti noteerattuun kirjailijaan Vaikkeiv t novellit yleens ole minun juttuni, t m n kokoelman groteskeja juttuja luki kuitenkin nopeasti ja sujuvasti.

  12. Raisu

    Hassan Blasim was born in Iraq, but has lived in Finland since 2004 He has directed movies in both countries He writes in Arabic, and the English translation of this short story collection won him some acclaim in Britain in 2010 In a way it could be said that he embodies the fears of some Europeans at the moment multicultural, Muslim, The Other But in terms of reviewing the book, that s probably neither here nor there What s important is that The Madman of Freedom Square is quite a good book.The [...]

  13. Alma Jylhä

    En surkutellut en kohtaloani Tuntui kuin koettelemukseni olisi tapahtunut jo joskus aiemmin, ja nykyhetki oli vain nopeasti ohi menev vaihe, jonka oma tietoisuuteni ajasta sai tuntumaan junnaavalta ja py rrytt v lt.s 18Itkin kivettynytt syd nt ni, ja itkin sit ett maailma onkin paljon tahrattomampi ja kauniimpi kuin milt n ytt.s 70Teid n sukupolvenne on mahdottoman onnekas, kun saatte el t t kultaisten tilaisuuksien aikakautta Nykymaailmassa, huudon ja tanssin myllyss , j tel nuolevasta elokuvan [...]

  14. Heli

    Hassan Blasimin novellit ovat kuvauksia sodan kauhuista mutta my s sellaisista j rkytt vyyksist , joita voitaisiin kertoa urbaaneina legendoina Arkip iv isyyksien ja raakuuksien jaksottuminen tuo vahvasti mieleen Quentin Tarantinon elokuvat Mit yksityiskohtaisemmin ja pidemmin selitet n jotakin sin ns yksinkertaista tilannetta, sit varmemmin joku henkil ist r j ht hetken kuluttua kappaleiksi.Kaikenlaisen kafkamaisen kamalan kuvaaminen ei kuitenkaan muutu itsetarkoitukseksi eik normiksi Novellien [...]

  15. Haris

    A lot of reviews here are saying the book was hard to digest, either because so much goes unexplained or is confusing, or because it s so gruesome and dark But Blasim s point his characters themselves say this is the bleak surreality of life in general and especially in or after Iraq, with all its horror, and of the menacing weirdness of the Western eye Shit happens and it often doesn t make sense, especially in Iraq Another complaint in these reviews was that this kind of storytelling is an acq [...]

  16. Janet Swinney

    Everything it says on the book cover about these stories is true well, leaving aside the bit about metaphor, because I m never sure that I ve grasped them They re a tough read and why not They couldn t and shouldn t be anything else, given the subject They re violent, gruesome, horrifying, bleak and tragicomic They provide an insight into the chaos that the Americans and the British created by their arrogant invasion of Iraq, and the desperate behaviours to which some Iraqis then resorted or to [...]

  17. Naeem

    Blasim s short stories are disturbing, difficult to understand, and hard to put down The form of his stories perhaps tells as much about contemporary Iraq as the content I would say that his bizarre, unpredictable, and jagged style is an acquired taste I would compare him to Saadat Hasan Manto, who also is fearless in getting to the point Except Manto is lyrical and allows you inside his prose Blasim seems almost indifferent to his reader, seeming not to care if he has provided enough And this [...]

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