Amin Maalouf

AMIN MAALOUF was born in Beirut in 1949. He studied economics and sociology and then worked as an international reporter until the Lebanese Civil War broke out in 1975. Maalouf and his family decided to leave their country and settled in Paris in 1976, where Maalouf became editor in chief for the newspaper Jeune Afrique. He published his first book in 1983, Les Croisades vues par les Arabes (The Crusades through Arab Eyes). In 1993, Le Rocher de Tanios (The Rock of Tanios), his fourth novel, won the Goncourt Prize, the most prestigious literary award in France. He is a member of the Académie française. His work has been translated into 40 languages. Photo: © Philippe Matsas

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