Mohammed Hasan Alwan
Mohammed Hasan Alwan (born 27 August 1979 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is a Saudi Arabian novelist. He has published four novels to date: Saqf Elkefaya (2002), Sophia (2004), Touq Altahara (2007), and Al-Qundus (2011), and one non-fiction book Al-Raheel (2014).
In 2009-10, Alwan was chosen as one of the 39 best Arab authors under the age of 40 by Hay Festival in the Beirut39 project. His novel, Al-Qundus, was shortlisted in the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (2013). Al-Qundus has been translated to French (SEUIL, 2015) and Norwegian (Cappelen Damm, 2015).
The French edition has won the Arab World Institute’s Prix de la Littérature Arabe.
He has also authored Al Raheel (Migration: Theories and Influencing Factors). The book is a study of migration, analysing what drives people to leave their home countries for foreign shores. Alwan also highlights studies on migration in Al Raheel, specifically those concentrated on personal stories rather than just facts, to uncover the myriad reasons and effects of immigration.