Meet the Author
Charif MAJDALANI (b. 1960, Lebanon) is a Lebanese French-speaking novelist. After studying at the Lycée Français in Lebanon, he went on to receive his doctoral degree with a thesis on Antonin Artaud from the University of Provence in 1993, before returning to Lebanon. He was a professor at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, as well as the dean of the department of French literature from 1999 to 2008. A member of the editorial board of l'Orient Littéraire and president of the International House of Writers in Beirut, he published seven novels at Editions du Seuil, including Histoire de la Grande Maison (2005), Caravansérail (2007 - Tropics Prize and François Mauriac Prize of the Académie Française), Villa des Femmes (2015 - Jean Giono Prize) and the Emperor on Foot (2017). At Actes Sud, he published Beyrouth 2020, journal d'un effondrement, (winner of the Special Jury Prize for the Femina) and Last Oasis (2021).