Mohammed Hasan Alwan

Mohamad Hassan Alwan

A Saudi novelist and journalist born in Riyadh in 1979. He has been serving as the CEO of the Saudi Authority for Literature, Publishing, and Translation since February 2020. Alwan has had a distinguished literary career, winning the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the Arabic Booker) in 2017 for his novel “A Small Death.” He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and International Trade from Carleton University in Canada. He has authored five novels: “The Ceiling of Sufficiency” (2002), “Sofia” (2004), “The Collar of Purity” (2007), “The Beaver” (2011), and “A Small Death” (2016). In addition, he has written a theoretical book titled “Migration: Theories and Influencing Factors” (2014).

For six years, he wrote a weekly column in the Saudi newspapers Al-Watan and Al-Sharq. His articles and short stories have also been published in major international publications like The New York Times and The Guardian. In 2010, he was selected among the best 39 Arab writers under the age of 40 and was included in the anthology “Beirut 39.” In 2013, his novel “The Beaver” was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The French version of “The Beaver” won the award for Best Translated Arabic Novel from the Arab World Institute in Paris for the year 2015.

Books Written by Mohammed Hasan Alwan