Nadia Tueni

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Nadia Tueni
Nadia Tueni - 1970s (cropped).jpg
Nadia Tueni in her office, 1970s
Born Nadia Hamadeh
Died 1983 (aged 47–48)
Beit Meri
Nationality Lebanese
Occupation Poet, writer
Notable work Les Texts Blonds, La Terre Arretee
Spouse(s) Ghassan Tueni (1954–1983; her death)
Children 3, including Gebran Tueni
Relatives Marwan Hamadeh (brother)

Nadia Mohammad Ali Hamade Tueni (1935–1983) was a Lebanese Francophone poet, who authored of numerous volumes of poetry.

Early life[edit]

Nadia Mohammad Ali Hamadeh was born in Beirut in 1935,[1] to a Lebanese Druze father, Mohammed Ali Hamadeh, who was a diplomat and writer, and a French Algerian mother. She grew up bilingual.[2] Her brother, Marwan Hamadeh, is a politician, and another brother, Ali Hamadeh, is a journalist at An Nahar and Future TV.[3]


Nadia Tueni was educated in French schools in Lebanon and Greece.[1] She attended Ecole des Soeurs de Besançon, then La Mission Laïque Française. She received her secondary education at the Lycée Français in Athens where her father was ambassador of Lebanon. She received her law degree at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.[1] However, there is another report stating that she attended the Université Saint-Joseph, but could not complete her study there due to her marriage in 1954.[2]


Tueni published her first book of poems, Les Textes Blonds, in 1963.[2] She worked as the literary editor of the Lebanese French-language newspaper, The Day, in 1967 and contributed to various Arabic and French publications.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She married Ghassan Tueni, the publisher of An Nahar and doyen of the Lebanese press, in 1954.[2] They had three children, all of whom would predecease their father, who long outlived her.[3] Her son, Gebran Tueni, a journalist and politician, was assassinated in 2005. Another son, Makram, was 21 when he died in a car accident in Paris in 1987.[4] A daughter, Nayla, who was born in 1955[2] died of cancer at age 7.[4]

She describes her country, Lebanon, in Poems of Love and War (2006:xxxv) as follows: "I belong to a country that commits suicide every day while it is being assassinated. As a matter of fact, I belong to a country that died several times. Why should I not die too of the gnawing, ugly, slow, and vicious death, of this Lebanese death?"[5]


Nadia Tueni died in Beit Meri near Beirut in 1983 after an 18-year battle with cancer.[2][6] She was 47.[6]


She received several awards during her lifetime, including the Prix de l'Académie Française, the Order of La Pléiade, and the Prix Said Akl.[2][7]


  • Les Textes Blonds (Blonde Texts; 1963)[1]
  • Le Rêveur de Terre (Dreamers of the Earth; 1975)[1]
  • La Terre Arretee (The Earth stopped, (Posthumous); 1984)[2]
  • Liban: vingt poèmes pour un amour (Lebanon: Twenty Poems for One Love dedicated to her daughter Nayla;[3] 1979)[2]
  • Archives Sentimentales D'une Guerre Au Liban (Archives of a sentimental war in Lebanon; 1982)[2]
  • Jenseits des Blickes
  • Poèmes pour une histoire (1972; awarded by Prix de l'Académie Française in 1973)[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Poets". Jehat. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Nadja Tueni". La Poesieque Jaime. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gebran Tueni: The man who was like thunder" (PDF). The UNESCO Courier. 4: 9–11. 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Nassar, Angle (8 June 2012). "Ghassan Tueni, 1926-2012". Now Lebanon. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Knudsen, Are (March 2010). "Acquiescence to Assassinations in Post-Civil War Lebanon?". Mediterranean Politics. 15 (1): 1–23. doi:10.1080/13629391003644611. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Nadia Tueni, Lebanese Poet and Wife of a Publisher, Dies". The New York Times. 22 June 1983. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lebanon Poems of Love and War, Bilingual Edition". Syracuse University. Retrieved 10 June 2012.