Amin Maalouf by Claude Truong-Ngoc, 2013
|Born||25 February 1949|
|Occupation||Writer, scholar and novelist|
|Notable works||Leo Africanus, The Rock of Tanios, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, Samarkand|
Amin Maalouf (French: [maluf]; Arabic: أمين معلوف; born 25 February 1949) is a Lebanese-born French author who has lived in France since 1976. Although his native language is Arabic, he writes in French, and his works have been translated into over 40 languages.
Of his several works of nonfiction, The Crusades through Arab Eyes is probably the best known. He received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel The Rock of Tanios, as well as the 2010 Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. He is a member of the Académie française.
Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and grew up in the Badaro cosmopolitan neighborhood, the second of four children. His parents had different cultural backgrounds. His father was from the Melkite Catholic community near the village of Baskinta in Ain el Qabou. His mother, Odette Ghossein is Lebanese of Turkish descent, from the Metn Village of Ain el Kabou. She was born in Egypt and lived there for many years before coming back to Lebanon; she currently lives in France.
Maalouf's mother was a staunch Maronite Catholic who insisted on sending him to Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour, a French Jesuit school. He studied sociology at the Francophone Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.
Maalouf worked as the director of An-Nahar, a Beirut-based daily newspaper, until the start of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, when he moved to Paris, which became his permanent home. Maalouf's first book, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (1983), examines the period on the basis of contemporaneous Arabic sources.
Along with his nonfiction work, he has written four texts for musical compositions and numerous novels.
Maalouf has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain), the University of Évora (Portugal), and the University of Ottawa (Canada).
In 1993, Maalouf was awarded the Prix Goncourt for his novel The Rock of Tanios (French: Le rocher de Tanios), set in 19th-century Lebanon. In 2004, the original, French edition of his Origins: A Memoir (Origines, 2004) won the Prix Méditerranée.
In 2010 he received the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for Literature for his work, an intense mix of suggestive language, historic affairs in a Mediterranean mosaic of languages, cultures and religions and stories of tolerance and reconciliation. He was elected a member of the Académie française on 23 June 2011 to fill seat 29, left vacant by the death of anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Maalouf is the first person of Lebanese heritage to receive that honor.
Honours and decorations
|France||Chevalier of the Legion of Honour|
|France||Grand officier of the National Order of Merit|
|France||Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres|
|Finland||Knight First class of the Order of the Lion of Finland|
|Lebanon||Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Cedar|
|Monaco||Officier of the Order of Cultural Merit (Monaco)|
Maalouf's novels are marked by his experiences of civil war and migration. Their characters are itinerant voyagers between lands, languages, and religions and he prefers to write about "our past."
|1986||Léon l'Africain||1992||Leo Africanus, translated by Peter Sluglett. ISBN 1-56131-022-0|
|1988||Samarcande||1994||Samarkand, trans. Russell Harris. ISBN 1-56656-293-7.|
|1991||Les jardins de lumière||1996||The Gardens of Light, trans. Dorothy S. Blair. ISBN 1-56656-248-1.|
|1992||Le Premier siècle après Béatrice||1993||The First Century after Beatrice, trans. Dorothy S. Blair. ISBN 0-7043-7051-4.|
|1993||Le Rocher de Tanios||1994||The Rock of Tanios, trans. Dorothy S. Blair ISBN 0-8076-1365-7.|
|1996||Les Échelles du Levant||1996||Ports of Call, trans. Alberto Manguel. ISBN 1-86046-890-X.|
|2000||Le Périple de Baldassare||2002||Balthasar's Odyssey, trans. Barbara Bray. ISBN 1-55970-702-X.|
|1983||Les Croisades vues par les Arabes||1986||The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. ISBN 0-8052-0898-4|
|1998||Les Identités meurtrières||2000||In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong, translated by Barbara Bray. ISBN 0-14-200257-7.|
|2004||Origenes||2008.||Origins: A Memoir, translated by Catherine Temerson. ISBN 978-0-374-22732-6.|
|2009||Le Dérèglement du monde||2011||Disordered World, translated by George Miller.|
- 2000. L'Amour de loin ('Love from Afar'), opera
- 2003. Adriana Mater, opera
- 2006. La Passion de Simone, oratorio
- 2010. Émilie, monodrama
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born into a culturally composite family - his mother was Egyptian of Turkish origin, his father a Greek Catholic in 1949 in Lebanon...
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- Un fauteuil sur la Seine : Quatre siècles d'histoire de France, Grasset, 2016 (ISBN 978-2-246-86167-6)
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- "Le palmarès" (in French). Académie Goncourt. Archived from the original on 6 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
- Maalouf, Amin.  1998. "Deadly Identities," translated by B. Caland. Al Jadid 4(25).
- Maalouf, Amin.  2008. Origins: A Memoir, translated by C. Temerson. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-22732-6. Preview via Google Books.