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[30 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 212 views]
Alwan received the French Award for Arabic literature 2015 for his novel “Beavers”!

The Award for Arabic literature, worth €10,000, was created by the Arab world institute (Institut du monde arabe, Paris), and the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation (Paris).
The award is presided by Pierre Leroy, Co-manager of Lagardère SCA, and is composed of several personalities from the worlds of media, arts, culture, as well as specialists of the Arab world. A vast majority of the jury elected Mohammed Hasan Alwan’s novel, which was also previously shortlisted for the International Prize of Arabic Fiction, IPAF (or Arab Man Booker).
The prize will be awarded on October 14th 2015 …

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[24 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 135 views]
NRK about Alwan’s “Beavers”: “Whoever is looking for exoticism will be disappointed with this novel”!

Marta Norheim published this review in NRK, on December 2014. Photo credit: Cappelen Damm
“Whoever is looking for exoticism, Arabian nights, rebellion against reports about violations of human rights, or Islamic studies will be disappointed with this novel. Ghalib is mostly captivated by his age, and by the fact that he cannot marry his lover, a woman he has loved for 20 years”


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[18 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 169 views]

Very few Saudi writers are translated in Europe. Here is a UFO published by Le Seuil: The Beaver, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, paints a portrait of Saudi Arabi tainted with humour. The society is weighed down by traditions, religion, but is also changing with a very young population that aspires to change.
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Très peu d’écrivains saoudiens sont traduits en Europe. Voici donc un ovni publié par les éditions du Seuil : Le Castor, de Mohammed Hasan Alwan, dresse un portrait teinté d’humour de l’Arabie Saoudite. Une société plombée par les traditions, le poids de …

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[18 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 109 views]
Alwan and his novel “Beavers” on France Inter

Alwan, and his novel “Beavers” were the guests of Katheline Evin’s show on France Inter, on May 26th, 2015. Listen here.
Below a review that was published on their website. An excerpt in Englihs:
“Cruel and nostalgic, funny and incredibly fierce, this book obviously speaks of Saudi Arabia, its archaisms and violence, the patriarcal system and sexual repression that prevail. But above all, with devastating humour, this novel tells the story of those families where the lack of love, the hypocrisy, greed and rejection of others damage its children and raise walls between …

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | 128 views]
Happy to share English excerpts of Le Monde des Livres’ beautiful review of Alwan’s Beavers

This review by Catherine Simon, was published by Le Monde des Livres, on January 22, 2015. Below are a few excerpts in English.
Both melancholic and hilarious, this story (…) sheds a critical, often fierce, light on the Saudi society and its offspring (…)

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | 116 views]
Meet Alwan at the “Assises Internationales du Roman”, in Lyon, on May 28th 2015

Alwan will meet his French readers in the Assises Internationales du Roman, in Lyon, on May 28th, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Institut de Formation aux Soins Infirmiers (IFIS) at the “Centre hospitalier Saint-Joseph Saint Luc”, 18:30-20:30.