Hoda Barakat

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Hoda Barakat
هدى بركات
Born 1952
Residence Paris, Beirut
Occupation writer, novelist, feminist

Hoda Barakat (Arabic: هدى بركات‎) (born 1952) is an acclaimed Lebanese novelist who lived much of her life in Beirut and later moved to Paris, where she now resides. Her works, written in Arabic, have been translated into many languages, including English, Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Dutch and Greek.[1]


Barakat was raised in the Maronite Christian town of Bsharré, Lebanon, where she lived until she moved to Beirut to study French Literature at the Lebanese University. She graduated in 1975. In 1975-76, she lived in Paris where she worked on a PhD, but decided to return home when the Lebanese Civil War started. During this period she worked as a teacher, translator and journalist. It is also during this war that all of her later works are set. In 1985, she published her first work a collection of short stories called Za’irat (Women Visitors). She moved to Paris in 1989 and has lived there to the present. Here she published a series of major works including Hajar al-Dahik (The Stone of Laughter, 1990) and Ahl el-Hawa (People of Love, 1993). In 2004, she visited the UK on the first Banipal Live UK tour.[2]

In fall 2013, Barakat was appointed the first Arabic Scholar in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin Middle Eastern Studies Program.[3]

Works Translated into English[edit]


Her first work Hajar al-Dahik (The Stone of Laughter), which is the first Arabic work to have a homosexual man as its main character, won the Al-Naqid prize. Her third novel, Harit al-miyah (The Tiller of Waters), won the 2001 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.[1]

She was decorated with the ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2002 and the ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite National’ in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hoda Barakat (Festivaletteratura) Accessed: March 4, 2007.
  2. ^ Hoda Barakat (Banipal Magazine) Accessed: March 4, 2007.
  3. ^ New Arabic Scholar in Residence Program Brings Hoda Barakat, Fall 2013 (University of Texas at Austin) Accessed: February 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Hoda Barakat (International Prize for Arabic Fiction) Accessed February 1, 2014.

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