Mohammed Hasan Alwan (born 27 August 1979) is a Saudi Arabian novelists, short story writer, and newspaper columnist.  He was born in Riyadh and studied Computer Information Systems at King Saud University, obtaining a bachelors degree in 2002. He also obtained an MBA from the University of Portland, Oregon in 2008.

Alwan has published four novels to date: Saqf Elkefaya (2002), Sophia (2004), Touq Altahara (2007), and Al-Qundus (2011). His last novel, Al-Qundus (The Beaver) has been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), known as the Arabic Booker. His work has appeared in New York Times ("Saudi Arabia, Declassified"); in the Guardian ("Oil Field", translated by Peter Clark); in Words Without Borders ("Mukhtar", translated by William M. Hutchins); and in Banipal magazine ("Blonde Grass" and "Statistics", translated by Ali Azeriah);


In 2009-10, Alwan was chosen as one of the 39 best Arab authors under the age of 40 by the Beirut39 project. He was also a participant in the first IPAF Nadwa in 2009. His work was published in the Beirut39 anthology (Beirut39: New Writing from the Arab World, edited by Samuel Shimon) and in the IPAF Nadwa anthology (Emerging Arab Voices, edited by Peter Clark).

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The Beaver (excerpt)

Translated by: the BCLT Arabic Literary Translation Workshop, led by Paul Starkey.

Published in Banipal magazine. No 44

Translated by: Peter Clark

Published in the Guardian, April 18th, 2011

Published in New York Times, January 1st, 2011

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Reviewed by: Hussein al-Mozany

Published in Banipal magazine. No 26

Translated by: William Maynard Hutchins

Published in World Without Borders, August 2011


Published in the Guardian, May 19th, 2011

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Translated by: Ali Azeriah

Published in Banipal magazine. No 30



Translated by: Ali Azeriah

Published in Banipal magazine. No 30