Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut. He studied economics and sociology and then worked as an international reporter until the Lebanese Civil War broke out in 1975. Maalouf and his family decided to leave their country and settled in Paris in 1976, where he became editor in chief for the newspaper Jeune Afrique. He published his first book, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, in 1983. In 1993, The Rock of Tanios, his fifth novel, won the Prix Goncourt, the most prestigious literary award in France. Maalouf is a member of the Academie Francaise and in 2010 was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature for his entire oeuvre. His work has been translated into fifty languages and his most recent bestselling novel to be published in English is The Disoriented.
Adrift is both an elegy for the Levant in which he grew up, and a reflection on the violent fragmentation and political malaise of globalised capitalism. In Maalouf's portrait, the world in which Covid-19 made its calamitous appearance is disoriented and dangerously unequal, fragmented into identity-based groups, at war with one another yet all beholden to the market... -- The London Review of Books The writer and scholar delves back into his own history to analyze the tragic consequences of the shock prophesied by Samuel Huntington. -- Le Figaro Magazine With his consciously nurtured multiple identity, Maalouf is just the sort of interlocutor this period needs. He reaches deep into unmined seams of cultural history, scything elegantly through cliche and conventional models of received wisdom. -- Financial Times, on Disordered World A marvelous, luminous piece of writing...The title is powerful, the book equally so. A marvelous, luminous piece of writing--you should read Adrift. -- Europe 1 True change is possible: Maalouf shows us possible ways forward in magnificent prose filled with wisdom. -- La Provence Wonderful and terrifying. -- La Grande Librairie - France 5 A powerful voice. -- France Culture Over rupture and conflict, Amin Maalouf has always preferred epics of encounters, beginnings, and connections. -- Le Point An alarming report on the state of the world. -- Le Soir Magnificent, a book of sorrows for our times, a provocative and powerful elegy by one of the world's great writers. -- Philippe Sands, President of English PEN