Lebanese-French Novelist Amin Maalouf Was Awarded The Park Kyung-ni Literary Prize

Hannah Assouline

Lebanese-French novelist, Amin Maalouf was announced as the 2022 recipient of the Park Kyung-ni Literary Prize, as reported by The Korea Times.

Established in 2011, the Park Kyung-ni Prize is an international literary award in South Korea, in honor of Park Kyung-ni, known for her series Toji.

Born on February 25, 1949, in Badaro, Beirut, Amin Maalouf is the son of the famous Lebanese journalist Rushdi Maalouf. 

Amin graduated from the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) with a degree in Sociology. He then followed his father’s career and worked as a journalist in the Annahar newspaper, where he published articles on international policies. 

In 1976, the Lebanese-French novelist left Lebanon and went to France with his wife and his 3 children, where he continued as a journalist, and then became editor-in-chief of Jeune Afrique. 

Amin Maalouf then started writing novels in 1981 and got published in 1983. Since then, Maalouf devoted all his time to literature, focusing on his experience during Lebanon’s civil war and immigration.

He has many books on his resume, such as Samarcand, and The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, among other works, which were translated into more than 40 languages. 

Amin Maalouf was previously awarded many awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Honorary Doctorate by the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Cultural Personality of the Year, along with many others.

In 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron honored the Lebanese-French writer with the prestigious “National Order of Merit,” to pay tribute to his success and achievements in the literary world.

Related: French President Honors Amin Maalouf With The National Order Of Merit

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