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Charif Majdalani

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Charif Madalani
NationalityFrench Lebanese

Charif Majdalani is a French-Lebanese writer. Born in Beirut in 1960, he is a novelist and professor at Saint Joseph University, where he was head of the Department of French Literature from 1999 to 2008. A member of the editorial board of L'Orient littéraire, he is also President of the International Writers’ House in Beirut.[1]


Between 2005 and 2017, he published six novels in French. According to one critic, "Majdalani's novels are much praised in the Francophone world, and with good reason. His seductive prose twists and turns, deftly matching hallucinatory content with form."[2] and have been translated into several languages.

The novels have been shortlisted for many important French and francophone prizes (Renaudot, Fémina, Médicis, Wepler, Jean Giono, Valéry Larbaud, Joseph Kessel, Albert Cohen, du Salon du livre de Genève, de la FNAC, des Libraire). [citation needed] He won the Jean Giono Prize (2015), as well as the Tropiques Prize (2008), the François Mauriac Prize of the French Academy (2008), the France-Liban prize (2016), the Phénix Prize (2005) and the Moise Khayrallah Prize of the North Carolina State University (2017).


  • Histoire de la grande maison, Seuil, 2005 (Prix Phénix)
    • Das Haus in den Orangengärten, Knaus Verlag 2007
    • La Casa nel giardino degli aranci, Giunti 2010
    • البيت الكبير ، Dar AnNahar, 2008
    • Το Μεγάλο Σπίτι, Castaniotis, 2015
  • Caravansérail, Seuil, 2007 (Prix Tropiques, Prix François Mauriac de l'Académie française)
    • Ein Palast Auf Reisen, Knaus Verlag, 2009.
    • Moving the Palace, New Vessel Press, 2017 (Moise Khayrallah Prize)[3]
  • Nos si brèves années de gloire, Seuil, 2012
  • Le Dernier Seigneur de Marsad, Seuil, 2013
    • سيّد المرصد الأخير , Hachette-Antoine, 2069
  • Villa des Femmes, Seuil, 2015 (Grand Prix Jean Giono, Prix France-Liban)
    • فيلاّ النساء , Hachette Antoine, 2018
  • L'Empereur à Pied, Seuil, 2017
  • Beyrouth 2020: Journal d'un effondrement, Actes Sud, 2020 (Prix Femina Special Jury Prize)
  • Beirut 2020: The Collapse of a Civilization, a Journal, Mountain Leopard Press, 2021
  • Dernière oasis, Actes Sud, 2021


  1. ^ "International Writers' House in Beirut". Beyt el Kottab. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ Joinson, Suzanne (2 June 2017). "A Heart-of-Darkness Tale in the North African Desert, With Jokes". New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ Popkin, Nathaniel (28 April 2017). "Don Quixote in the Sahara". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
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