About the visitor
Hoda Barakat is originally from Lebanon and currently resides in Paris. Winner of the Naguib
Mahfouz Prize, the most prestigious award in Arabic literature, Barakat is one of the most important Arab authors writing today. Her works have been published in over fourteen languages.
Barakat is best known for her powerful novels, set during or after the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990). Her 1990 Hajar al-Dahik (Stone of Laughter) won the prestigious Al-Naqid award. In 1993 she published Ahl al-Hawa (Disciples of Passion) extending the Lebanese narrative to a postwar era in which war is clearly still playing itself out within the national psyche. The 1998 Harith al-Miyah (Tiller of Waters) focuses on Beirut, a city Barakat admits to both loving and hating, a city totally altered by the war experience. Barakat’s latest work includes two novels, My Master and My Beloved (2004) and The Kingdom of this Earth (2012), and two plays.