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Lebanon

Elham Mansour

Elham Mansour is a senior scholar and chair of the philosophy department at the Lebanese University in Beirut. She has published a significant number of feminist novels in Arabic,...

Ahmad Gharbieh

Ahmad Gharbieh is Associate Creative Director at the design and communication agency Mind the Gap and teaches in the Department of Architecture and Graphic Design at the American University of...

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran (1883–1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer who published works in both Arabic and English. He is best known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of...

Zeina Abirached

Zeina Abirached was born in Beirut in the middle of the civil war. She studied graphic arts in Lebanon, but moved to Paris in 2004, where she attended the National School of Decorative Arts. In...

Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist who lives in France. She received the Prix Mallarmé in 1987 for Monologue du mort, the Prix Apollinaire in 1980 for Les Ombres et...

Sélim Nassib

Born in Beirut in 1946, Sélim Nassib settled in France in the beginning of the 1970s. He worked as a journalist for various newspapers, mainly the French daily Libération, and...

Salah Stétié

Salah Stétié, born in Beirut in 1929, resident in France for decades and former Ambassador of Lebanon to France, is one of the best-known Lebanese poets writing in French, and...

Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan was born in Beirut in 1925 to a Greek Christian mother and a Muslim Syrian father. In 1949 she left Lebanon and was educated in Paris, New York, and California. She taught in...

Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf was a journalist in Lebanon until the civil war in 1975, when he left for Paris with his family. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and his books have won...

Mai Ghoussoub

Mai Ghoussoub (1952-2007), artist, author and playwright, left Beirut for London in 1979, where she co-founded Saqi with Andre Gaspard. Her art has been exhibited internationally, and her play...

Alexandre Najjar

Alexandre Najjar was born in Beirut in 1967, and is both a lawyer and a writer. Winner of the Prix de la Fondation Hachette in 1990, he is the author of three historical novels published by...

Joumana Haddad

Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese poet, translator and journalist, born in Beirut in 1970. She is the editor in chief of the cultural pages in An Nahar newspaper, as well as the administrator of the...

Mazen Kerbaj

Mazen Kerbaj, born in 1975, lives and works in Beirut. His main activities are comics, paintings, and music. He has published eleven books and many short stories and drawings in anthologies,...

Elias Khoury

Born in Beirut in 1948, Elias Khoury is the author of eleven novels, four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. The publication of his first novel, On the Relations of the Circle,...

Zeina B. Ghandour

Zeina B. Ghandour was born in Beirut and studied at Kent University before spending time as an aid worker with non-governmental organisations in Palestine. She is now a lawyer, and the author of...

Hanan al-Shaykh

Hanan al-Shaykh was born in Lebanon and grew up in Beirut. After leaving Lebanon in 1975, she moved between England and the Gulf States and has lived in London since 1984. Her novels include...

Alawiyya Subuh

Alawiyya Subuh is a Lebanese novelist and journalist residing in Beirut. Subuh is the author of The Slumber of Days (1986) and Maryam of the Stories (2002), and acts as chief editor of the...
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