Rabih Alameddine (Arabic: ربيع علم الدين) (born 1959) is a Lebanese-American painter and writer. He was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese Druze parents (Alameddine himself is an atheist). He grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon, which he left at age 17 to live first in England and then in California. A lover of mathematics, he earned a degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Business in San Francisco. He began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting. The author of four novels and a collection of short stories, Alameddine was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.
- Koolaids: The Art of War (1998)
- The Perv: Stories (1999)
- I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters (2001)
- The Hakawati (2008)
- An Unnecessary Woman (2014)
- The Angel of History: A Novel (2016)
Awards and honors
- 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for An Unnecessary Woman
- 2014 California Book Awards Gold Medal Fiction winner for An Unnecessary Woman
- Mississippi Review
- "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners".
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