By Saeed Saeed
Mohammed Hasan Alwan looks slightly worried as he holds a buzzing mobile phone.
“I think it is going to explode,” he says. Such is the concern when you have just been announced as the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
The Saudi Arabian author triumphed at the landmark 10th edition of the awards, held in the capital on Tuesday evening.
The success – for his dazzling and meditative novel A Small Death – firmly positions the 38-year-old as one of the leading lights of Arabic literature.
Alwan was also selected as one of the 39 best Arabic writers by the Hay Festival and Beirut World Book Capital, with his work published in the long-running Beirut39 anthology series. Read more
Source: The National