7th March: Hassan Blasim longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
We're excited to announce that Hassan Blasim's The Iraqi Christ has been longlisted for the IFFP, an annual award celebrating fiction in translation. Hassan has recently seen widespread critical acclaim for his recent US publication The Corpse Exhibition.
The shortlist is to be announced at the London Book Fair on 8 April.
10 Feb: Hassan Blasim storms the States!
The Penguin US edition of Hassan Blasim's selected stories titled The Corpse Exhibition
was launched this week to widespread, rave reviews:
'His stories struck me as so different from anything else I had read, not only from that part of the world but from anywhere else.' - Feature in the Wall Street Journal
'Brilliant and disturbing... bitter, furious and unforgettable.' - Wall Street Journal
'The existence of this book is reason for hope, proof of the power of storytelling.' - The Boston Globe
‘If a short story could break the heart of a rock, this might just be the one....’ - The New York Times
‘Brutal, vulgar, imaginative, and unerringly captivating...A searing, original portrait of Iraq.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Powerful, moving and deeply descriptive.’ - Kirkus Reviews
'Blunt and gruesome.' - The Huffington Post
'I will be surprised if another work of fiction this Important, with a capital I, gets published all year.' - Fiction Advocate.
'Readers can be grateful to have some distance from these characters and their lives — without that, these stories would be the stuff of nightmares.' - Kansas City Star.
'Very important... rare... Blasim is up to the task' - Flavorwire: 10 Must-Read Books for February.
**Selected for the Barnes and Noble US-wide ‘Discover Great Writers’ programme, 2014**
Launching this FEBRUARY!..... COMMA CLASSICS.
Free Morphologies Masterclass..... Alison MacLeod on KATHERINE MANSFIELD.
'There is much to inspire and enjoy.' - Michael Caines on Morphologies in The TLS blog
|Launching this February... Morphologies out now!
|1 Dec: Launching This Month: The New Improved Gimbal!
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10 new stories
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|5 Nov: 'There is nothing to be frightened of. It is all magic.'
|8 Oct 2013: And the winner is... SARAH HALL!
North West author Sarah Hall scoops the 2013 BBC National Short Story Prize with her story 'Mrs Fox'.
The Runner Up prize went to Lucy Fox for 'Notes from the House Spirits' More about the prize anthology here.
22 Sep 2013: 'The purpose of literature is to increase sales resistance' - David Constantine quoting his English teacher at the Frank O'Connor Award Ceremony.
Comma Press is extremely proud to announce that David Constantine has won the Frank O'Connor, the richest prize in the world for a short story collection. Salford-born David Constantine, who was previously short-listed for the award in 2010, is the first English writer ever to receive the award, and joins an illustrious company of previous winners, including Haruki Murakami, Miranda July, and Edna O'Brien.
Constantine beat a shortlist of six authors, including Joyce Carol Oates and Deborah Levy, to claim the €25,000 prize, which he will be presented with later this year at an award ceremony at the Cork International Short Story Festival.