Hisham Bustani

Hisham Bustani is a Jordanian award-winning author of four collections of short fiction. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments at the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry. Much of his work revolves around issues related to social and political change, particularly the dystopic experience of post-colonial modernity in the Arab world. His work has been described as “"bringing a new wave of surrealism to [Arabic] literary culture, which missed the surrealist revolution of the last century," and that he “belongs to an angry new Arab generation. Indeed, he is at the forefront of this generation — combining an unbounded modernist literary sensibility with a vision for total change…. His anger extends to encompass everything, including literary conventions.” Hisham's short fiction has been translated into five languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the US, UK, and Canada, including World Literature Today, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Literary Review. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world's emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the UK-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book, The Perception of Meaning, won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award, and was published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. One of Hisham’s stories was recently chosen to be featured in the inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories anthology, forthcoming in 2017.