Rashid Al-Daif

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  • Abir Hamdar (University of Durham)

Described as the “Arab world's answer to Italo Calvino or Umberto Eco” (Rakha), Rashid al-Daif is one of Lebanon’s most celebrated and prolific writers. His literary output ranges from poetry and short stories to novels, many of which have been translated into other languages and gained both commercial and critical recognition internationally. His work has also been adapted for film and the stage. Despite all this, al-Daif wonders: “I don’t know if I am a writer, although I write. I don’t say that purely for the sense of paradox, it’s a real feeling. What is it to be “a writer”? What can I say? I write. I live for writing” (Banipal).

Born in 1945 into a Christian Maronite family from Ehden, Zgharta, in the …

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Hamdar, Abir. "Rashid Al-Daif". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 July 2012
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