Andrée Chedid

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Andrée Chedid
Born(1920-03-20)20 March 1920
Died6 February 2011(2011-02-06) (aged 90)
OccupationPoet, novelist
Notable awardsMallarmé prize;
Prix Goncourt de la Nouvelle;
Prix Goncourt de la Poésie

Andrée Chedid (Arabic: أندريه شديد‎) (20 March 1920 – 6 February 2011) was an Egyptian-French poet and novelist.


Chedid was born in Cairo, Egypt, on 20 March 1920. When she was 10 years old, she was sent to a boarding school, where she learned English and French. At 14, she left for Europe. She then returned to Cairo to go to the American University. Her dream was to become a dancer. She married a Lebanese physician when she was 22, with whom she has two children: Louis Chedid, now a famous French singer, and Michèle. Her work questions human condition and what links the individual to the world. Her writing seeks to evoke the Orient, but she focuses more in denouncing the civil war that destroys Lebanon. She lived in France from 1946 until her death. Because of this diverse background, her work is truly multicultural. Her first book was written in English: On the Trails of my Fancy. She has commented about her work that it is an eternal quest for humanity.

Andrée Chedid was the grandmother of the French rock star -M- (Louis Chedid's son) for whom she contributed song lyrics including that of Bonoboo on the 1999 album Je dis aime.

She died on 6 February 2011 in Paris at the age of 90.[1]

In 2012, a public library was named for her, in Paris.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]


  • À la mort, à la vie: nouvelles. Paris: Flammarion, 1992.
  • L'Autre: roman. Paris: Flammarion, 1969.
  • Cavernes et soleils: poésie. Paris: Flammarion, 1979.
  • Cérémonial de la violence. Paris: Flammarion, 1976.
  • La Cité fertile: roman. Paris: Flammarion, 1972.
  • Le Dernier candidat. Paris: Éditions théâtrales Art et comédie, 1998
  • Le Message. Paris: Éditions Flammarion, 2000
  • L'Enfant multiple. Paris: Flammarion, 1989.
  • La Maison Sans Racine. Paris: Flammarion, 1985.
  • Le Sommeil délivré. Paris: Flammarion, 1952.
  • Le Grand Boulevard.Paris :Flammarion,1996


  1. ^ "Franco-Egyptian poet Andree Chedid dies at 90". BBC News. 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ "A public library in memory of Andree Chedid". The Daily Star. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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