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 fourth 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 forty languages.
A thoughtful, philosophically rich story that probes a still-open wound. --Kirkus Reviews Maalouf is a thoughtful, humane and passionate interlocutor. --The New York Times Book Review Both analytic and allegorical --The Wall Street Journal There are novels which reverberate long after you've finished reading them. Amin Maalouf's The Disoriented is such a novel. This is a voyage between the Orient and the West, the past and the present, as only the 1993 Goncourt Prize winner knows how to write it. --Le Figaro Maalouf writes intriguing novels of exceptional quality. --NRC Handelsblad Amin Maalouf gives us a perfect look at the thoughts and feelings that can lead to emigration. One can only be impressed by the magnitude and the precision of his introspection. --Le Monde des Livres Maalouf's new book, The Disoriented, marks his return to the novel with fanfare. It is a very endearing book. --Lire Maalouf makes a rare incursion into the twentieth century, and he evokes his native Lebanon in a state of war, a painful subject which until now he had only touched upon. --Jeune Afrique The great virtue of this beautiful novel is that it concedes a human element to war, that it unravels the Lebanese carpet to undo its knots and loosen its strings. --L'Express Amin Maalouf has an intact love of Lebanon inside him, as well as ever-enduring suffering and great nostalgia for his youth, of which he has perhaps never spoken of as well as he has in this novel. --Page des Libraires Full of human warmth and told in an Oriental style, this is a sensitive reflection told through touching portraits. --Notes Bibliographiques A great work, which explores the wounds of the exile and the compromises of those who stay. --L'Amour des Livres Praise for Leo Africanus Leo Africanus is a beautiful book of tales about people who are forced to accept choices made for them by someone else...It relates, poetically at times and often imaginatively, the story of those who did not make it to the New World. --The New York Times Utterly fascinating. --BBC World Service Praise for The Garden of Light A fine meditative historical novel from the internationally acclaimed Lebanese author. --Kirkus Reviews Maalouf's Mani has the ring of life... [A] sad, glowing book. --The Washington Post ...has the feel of a 1950's Hollywood epic, in which men gesture boldly and deliver words that deserve to be immediately carved in stone. --The New York Times Book Review Praise for In the Name of Identity Speaks from the depth of a powerful intellect. --Times (London) Praise for The Crusades Through Arab Eyes The Crusades Through Arab Eyes may be warmly recommended to lay-readers and students alike. --The Times Literary Supplement (London)