Syrian Novelist Maha Hassan on Trying ‘To Pay Respect to the Victims of War’

ArabLit

Award-winning Syrian-Kurdish novelist Maha Hassan was at this year’s Emirates LitFest, where she spoke with ArabLit’s Hend Saeed:

By Hend Saeed

Courtesy: Emirates LitFest

Maha Hassan (b. 1966) is a Syrian-Kurdish novelist and short-story writer. After earning her B.A. in law from the University of Aleppo, she went on to publish many novels, beginning with: The Infinite: Biography of the Other (1995), The Picture on the Cover: The Walls of Disappointment are Higher (2002), and Hymns of Nothingness (2009). In 2011, her Umbilical Cord as longlisted for the IPAF, as was her 2015 novel, Female Voices, while her Aleppo Metro was longlisted for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and excerpts have been published in English translation on ArabLit and in Banipal.

Hassan was also awarded the Hellman/Hammett Award in 2005, given in recognition of a writer’s “courage in the face of political persecution.” She currently lives in Paris and writes…

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