was born in Tyre, Lebanon in 1945. He graduated in Arabic Literature from the Lebanese University, Beirut.
He has twelve collections of poetry and one novel. His work has been translated into several European languages, including selected poems in Italian, a volume in German translation, a number of works including his epic poem Tyre in French, and a volume of essays. He is presently cultural editor of As-Safir newspaper in Beirut and pens many articles critical of hypocrisy, Arab politics and fundamentalism.
In Banipal 21 Abbas Beydoun writes about his LITERARY INFLUENCES.
In Banipal 29, an excerpt from his novel Tahleel Dumm [Blood Test] is featured, translated by Max Weiss, who was awarded the 2007 King Fahd Award for Translation of Arabic Literature for the translation manuscript. Blood Test was published by Syracuse University Press in 2008 – ISBN 978-0-8156-0912-4. In this his first novel, Beydoun recounts the efforts of a young man to explore his own history and identity through his encounters with the family and friends who surround him. The sudden death of his father prompts him to follow the physical and psychological traces he left behind, a journey that raises as many questions as it answers. The young man’s search for a sense of belonging and rootedness leads him both forward and back as the narration travels in time and place over two continents and several generations.
Banipal No 28 Spring 2007
Banipal No 29 Summer 2007
Banipal No 10 /11, Spring 2001/Summer 2001
Banipal No 3 October 1998
Banipal No 22 Spring 2005
The first ever BALMAL Open Evening was very successful: overflowing with visitors and animated conversation![read more]
A Conversation about Arab Sci-Fi on the 15/11/2014[read more]
2014 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize for German goes to Eleanor Collins[read more]
Denys Johnson-Davies reviews Land of No Rain by Amjad Nasser
Khaled Mattawa is awarded a MacArthur Fellowship[read more]
Free Digital Access to Banipal in Berlin, Minneapolis and London
[read all news stories]