Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He has lived in Canada most of his life and is currently residing in Vancouver. He holds a B.A. in English from Simon Fraser University.
God in Pink
Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.
9th floor PS8627 .A536 G64 2015
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
The debut book by Hasan Namir is a revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a closeted university student whose parents have died, and who lives under the close scrutiny of his strict brother and sister-in-law. They exert pressure on him to find a wife, leaving him anguished and struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Desperate for counsel, he seeks the advice of Ammar, a sheikh at a local mosque, whose tolerance is challenged by the contradictions between Ramy’s dilemma and the teachings of the Qur’an, leading him to question his own belief system.
Awards and Honours
2016 Lambda Literary Award–Gay Fiction (Winner)