BIBLIOTOPIA 2021 | Interview with Amin Maalouf (EN translation)

Reinventing Society: Hope and Apprehension

Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1949. 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 of the newspaper « Jeune Afrique ». He published his first book, « The Crusades Through Arab Eyes », (Saqi Books, 1986) in 1983. In 1993, « The Rock of Tanios », (Quartet, 1994), his fifth novel, won the Prix Goncourt. Amin Maalouf is a member of the Académie française and in 2010 was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature for his entire oeuvre and the National Order of Merit by the French state. His books, characterized by a deep humanism, are inspired by the history of Africa and the Middle East, and span cultures and continents. His work has been translated into fifty languages and his most recent book published in English « Adrift; How our World Lost its Way » (World Editions, 2020), mixes personal narrative and historical analysis to provide a warning signal for the future.