Photo of Amin Maalouf by Tasnim Aslam
Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut on 25 February 1949 to a Christian family. Educated and a French Jesuit school and later at the French University of Beirut, he writes in French. In 1975, on the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon, he moved to Paris, where he still lives.
Migration is a constant theme of his novels, where characters travel between lands, languages, and religions.
In 1993 he received the Prix Goncourt - the most prestigious French literary award - for 'Rock of Tanios'. Another novel, 'Origines', published in 2004, won the Prix Méditerranée.
Besides novels, he has written two opera librettos and several works on non-fiction, of which 'Crusades through Arab Eyes' is probably the best known.
Works of fiction
Composer: Kaija Saariaho. French title: L'amour de loin, 2001
Composer: Kaija Saariaho, 2003
By Amin Maalouf. Al-Jadid magazine, Vol. 4, No. 25 (Fall 1998).
Interview with Maalouf
By Carole Corm. Al-Jadid magazine, Vol. 10, nos. 46/47 (Winter/Spring 2004).
A review of Balthasar's Odyssey by Ian Sansom. The Guardian, October 12, 2002
A son of the road
Profile of Maalouf by Maya Jaggi. The Guardian, November 16, 2002.