Rabih Alameddine

Acclaimed novelist and author of The Hakawati

  • About Rabih Alameddine

    A writer of blinding talent and immense imaginative powers, Rabih Alameddine is known for working miracles with words on the page, bending genres, and playing with form, all the while holding firm to the essential aim of fiction: to tell a good story. And tell a good story he does—his novels and short fiction have him swinging from San Francisco to Beirut, from biblical times to the modern day, exploring issues ranging from the AIDS epidemic to the Lebanese civil war.  His fiction is informed by his incredibly diverse background (he was born in Jordan and raised in Kuwait and Lebanon) and interests: Alameddine is a painter as well as a writer, holds an MBA and a graduate degree in engineering, loves both UCLA basketball and obscure literary tomes, and now divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut. He is, one might say, a renaissance man for this age.

    Alameddine’s wit and facility with words, his diverse body of knowledge and powerful intellect, and his life, profoundly shaped by time spent in a conflicted Beirut and watching the AIDS epidemic unfold in San Francisco, will make a strong impression on audiences. Those who are looking for an offbeat evening that blends the serious with the funny and the ancient with the modern, and that challenges their expectations and assumptions about the world around us, will not be disappointed by this master storyteller.

    Alameddine is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories. The Hakawati is his most recent novel.

  • Speaking Topics

    The State of Literature Today

    Representations of Homosexuality in Literature

    Islam and the Arab World in the Media

    Visual Arts and Literature: Where the Twain Meet

    What Books to Read and Why

    The Purpose of Storytelling

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  • Praise for Rabih Alameddine

    Praise for The Hakawati

    A wonderful book-poignant, profane.... This novel will keep you transfixed.

    Boston Globe

    Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years.

    Junot Díaz
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