One of Lebanon’s most successful and celebrated authors, Hassan Daoud belongs to a generation of writers who emerged during the country’s civil war (1975-1990). In fact, Daoud embarked on his writing career in the early 1980’s at the age of 33. He often recounts that he had shown his first prose work, written in a classical rhetorical style, to his poet-journalist friend, Abbas Beydoun, who commented: “Well, my friend, this is all very clever, but it makes my belly hurt” (qtd. in Seigneurie, 40-1). From then onwards, he produced an impressive body of literary work that has been translated into several languages and that has placed him at the center of the Lebanese literary scene today.
Born in 1950 as Hassan Zebib, …
Hamdar, Abir. "Hassan Daoud". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2012
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