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Mohammed Hasan Alwan

Mohammed Hassan Alwan is a Saudi novelist and the 2017 recipient of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for his novel A Small Death, a fictionalized account of the real-life Sufi saint and traveler Ibn Arabi. His other works include numerous short stories and the novels Touq Altahara (2007), Sophia (2004), Saqf Elkefaya (2002), and Al-Qundus (The Beaver, 2011), which was shortlisted for the IPAF and which won, in French translation (tr. Stéphanie Dujols), the Arab World Institute’s Prix de la Littérature Arabe. In 2009 he was selected as one of the thirty-nine best Arab authors under the age of forty, and his work was published in Beirut39: New Writing from the Arab World, edited by Samuel Shimon. He was also published in the IPAF anthology Emerging Arab Voices, edited by Peter Clark. He currently lives between Toronto and Riyadh.


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