August 26, 1928 |
|Notable award(s)||Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, he studied at the University of Baghdad from 1945 until 1947 and at the Sorbonne from 1947 until 1951. He emigrated to Montreal in 1954. He is the author of more than 30 books, translated into several languages.
- In 1983 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- In 1990 he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
- In 2002 he was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, for his lifelong contribution to international francophone culture.
- In 2004 he received the Prix Athanase-David.
- In 2004 he received an honoris causa Ph.d. from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia
In popular culture
In 2013, the Canadian director Joe Balass directed a documentary titled La longueur de l'alphabet avec Naïm Kattan about Kattan's literary legacy.
- 1975: Adieu, Babylone: Mémoires d'un juif d'Irak
- 1977: Les Fruits arrachés
- 1983: La Fiancée promise
- 1989: La Fortune du passager
- 1990: Le Père
- 1991: Farida
- 1997: La Célébration
- 1999: L'Amour reconnu
- 1999: Le Silence des adieux
- 2000: L'Anniversaire
- 2003: Le Gardien de mon frère
- 2005: Je regarde les femmes
- 2006: Châteaux en Espagne
- 2009: Le Veilleur
- 2011: Le long retour
- Naïm Kattan at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry
- Prix Athanase-David citation (French)
- Order of Canada citation
- National Order of Quebec citation (French)
- Naim Kattan Biography on BookRags.com
- "Naïm Kattan: an Iraqi Jewish Writer in Canada" in The Jewish Daily Forward, May 25, 2010.