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Najwa Barakat

Najwa Barakat

Najwa Barakat (Arabic: نجوى بركات; born 1966, in Beirut) is a Lebanese Arab novelist, journalist and film director. [1] [2] [3] [4]


After achieving studies in theater (Beirut Fine Arts Institute) and cinema (French cinema Institution), she moves definitely to Paris where she works as a freelance journalist in a number of Arabic newspapers and magazines, and gathered the materials for several cultural programs produced by Radio France Internationale (RFI) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She also prepared the first fifteen episodes of the cultural program broadcast at Aljaz,[4][failed verification] and authored several movie scripts as well as directing several documentaries.

Najwa Barakat has published six novels (five in Arabic and one in French), most of which were published by Dar al-Adab in Beirut. Some of them have obtained awards and were translated into foreign languages, among which “The bus of good people” (1996), which received the "Prize of the best literary creation of the year", by the Lebanese Cultural Forum, Paris, in 1997[citation needed], and was translated into French in 2002, under the title: "Le bus des gens bien" - Stock Publisher (La Cosmoplite). The novel in French, "La locataire du Pot de fer" (the tenant), published by L’Harmattan Publisher in Paris, played on theater in France, "Winner of the First Prize" at the Amateur Theatre Festival[citation needed] in Amiens, France . She also translated Les Carnets de Camus I – II – III into Arabic, published by Kalima and Dar Al-Adab, Summer 2010.

In 2003, the circuit Meaddle East- Goethe Institute choose her among several Lebanese writers to represent her country in the MIDAD Project: city's teller.

In 2009, she set up "Mohtaraf how to write a novel - for literature, theater and cinema":[5] a permanent workshop located in Beirut, which receives young and aspiring writers of all ages and from all Arab countries, not only in the narrative field, but also in theatrical and movie script writing. Certainly, a pioneering and innovative initiative in the Arab World.


  • The Secret Language (loughat al-sirr)[6]
  • Ya-Salâm[7]
  • The Tenant[8]
  • The Bus of Good People (Bâs el-awâdem)[9]
  • The Life and Passion of Hamad (hayât wa alâm Hamad ibn Siléneh)[10]
  • The Transducer (Al-muhawwel)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2008-11-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "RadioAlt - Musica e Libri - Notizie: La voce degli aguzzini. Parla Najwa Barakat". Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  3. ^ "Gibert : Achat et vente Livres, CD, DVD, Papeterie. Neuf et occasion". Archived from the original on 2019-01-02. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  4. ^ a b "Il Catalogo". Epoché Edizioni (in Italian). Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  5. ^ "English". 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  6. ^ "The secret language". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  7. ^ "Ya-Salâm". Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  8. ^ Vox. " - La meilleure valise business propose des innovations technologiques comme des ports USB, une valise GPS intégrée et un design futuriste". Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  9. ^ "The bus of good people, (Le bus des gens Bien)". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  10. ^ "The life and passion of Hamad, (La passion de Hamad)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
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