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Rabih Alameddine

Lebanon (b.1959)

Rabih Alameddine was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese parents, and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. He was educated in England and America, and has an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

He is the author of the novels Koolaids and I, the Divine, the story collection The Perv, and, most recently, The Hakawati.

Genres: Literary Fiction

   Koolaids (1988)
   I, the Divine (2001)
   The Hakawati (2008)
     aka The Storyteller
   An Unnecessary Woman (2014)
   Angel of History (2016)
   The Wrong End of the Telescope (2021)
   The Perv (1999)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2014) : An Unnecessary Woman

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My Heart (2021)
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