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country of citizenship: Lebanon
language of expression: Arabic, French
educated at: Panthéon-Assas University
occupation: writer, novelist, artist, lawyer, literary critic
award received: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
Alexandre Najjar (born February 5, 1967) is an award-winning Lebanese novelist and literary critic. He was born in Beirut and went to university in Paris. A trained lawyer, he holds a Doctorate in Business administration and is specialized in banking and finance law. He is the author of more than 30 books translated into 12 languages. In addition to poetry and fiction, he has written the biography of Khalil Gibran, the author of The Prophet. and a book about the Arab Spring (Anatomie d'un tyran).
Najjar is also a columnist and literary critic for L'Orient littéraire. He lives in Paris and Beirut. In 2009, he received the Prix Mediterranee for his book Phenicia and a distinction from the French Academy (L'Académie française), in addition to numerous Lebanese and international awards. He has given lectures in Paris, Poitiers, Perpignan, Marseille, Washington, New York, Mexico, Stockholm, Goteborg, Ireland, Italy, Moscow, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig and Weimar.
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