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Amin Maalouf elected to the French Academy

Amin Maalouf elected to the French Academy

Published on June 24, 2011
The French Academy elected Lebanese novelist and journalist Amin Maalouf to join the prestigious institution.

On June 23rd, the French Academy (the pre-eminent French learned body on matters pertaining to the French language and litterature) elected Lebanese novelist and journalist Amin Maalouf to join the prestigious institution. At the age of 22, Maalouf started to work for the leading Beirut daily an-Nahar and covered numerous wars and other conflicts. Two years after the civil war broke out in Lebanon, he emigrated with his wife and three children to Paris, where they have lived ever since. Maalouf continued to work as a journalist, writing for Jeune Afrique and An-nahar Arabe et International. Maalouf’s first book, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, appeared in 1983. In 1993 Maalouf received the Prix de Goncourt for his novel Le rocher de Tanios (The Rock of Tanios). Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé described Amin Maalouf’s work as a "crossroad between Mediterranean identities and friendships" and a "reflection of the wonderful diversity of francophony".

His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. You can find below a selection of his most popular work:

- SAMARKAND (transl. by Russell Harris ) Samarcande
- LEO THE AFRICAN (transl. by Peter Sluglett) Léon l’Africain
- THE GARDENS OF LIGHT (transl. by Dorothy S. Blair) Les jardins de lumière
- THE FIRST CENTURY AFTER BEATRICE (transl. by Dorothy S. Blair)
Le premier siècle après Béatrice
- THE ROCK OF TANIOS (transl. by Dorothy S. Blair) Le rocher de Tanios
- PORTS OF CALL (transl. by Alberto Manguel) Les échelles du Levant
- IN THE NAME OF IDENTITY (transl. by Barbara Bray) Les identités meurtrières
- ORIGINS: A MEMOIR (translated from the French by Catherine Temerson) Origines
- THE CRUSADES THROUGH ARAB EYES. Les croisades vues par les arabes

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