Lavie Tidhar’s novel Osama has won the 2012 World Fantasy Award for best novel beating Stephen King and George RR Martin in the process.
Published by Solaris Osama was born out of Israeli-born Lavie’s unique connection with the well-known attacks by Al-Qaeda – he was in Dar-es-Salaam during the American embassy bombings in 1998, stayed in the same hotel as the Al Qaeda operatives in Nairobi, and narrowly avoided both the 2005 London, King’s Cross and 2004 Sinai attacks.
“I am absolutely delighted for Lavie,” said Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver. “This award is well-deserved and it is heartening to see the judges of the World Fantasy Awards choose a controversial and challenging title in what was already a very strong field. Lavie continues to a writer who pushes the boundaries of genre and is one of the most exciting writers around in any field.”