Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi writer resettled in Finland. He is the editor of the anthology Madinah and his debut collection of stories The Madman of Freedom Square was published by Comma in 2009 (translated by Jonathan Wright) and was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. His second collection, The Iraqi Christ (trans. Jonathan Wright) was published by Comma in April 2013, and won the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize — the first Arabic title and the first short story collection ever to win the award. Hassan’s work has been translated (or is in the process of being translated) into over 20 languages.