© Elias Khoury
Elias Khoury, born in Beirut, is the author of fourteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism, and three plays. Khoury is a Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies at New York University and was editor in chief of the literary supplement of Beirut’s daily newspaper Al-Nahar, nowadays he is editor in chief of The Journal of Palestine Studies in Beirut.
Khoury was awarded the Palestine Prize for Gate of the Sun, which was named Best Book of the Year by Le Monde Diplomatique, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and a Notable Book by The New York Times. As Though She Were Sleeping received France’s inaugural Arabic Novel Prize. In 2012 Khoury was awarded the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. In 2016 he won the prestigious Mahmoud Darwish Award for Creativity and donated his USD 25,000 award to Birzeit University, and he was honoured with the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel 2016 in the category of published novels. Recently Elias Khoury has been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2017, the most important literary prize in the Arab world, run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.
In The Children of the Ghetto. My Name is Adam (“Awlad el-ghetto. Esmi Adam”), Adam Dannoun immigrated to
New York to escape a love affair that foundered in the psychological devastation caused by the occupation. He works in a falafel restaurant and settles down to write a novel which tells the love story of Waddah Al-Yaman, a famous Arab poet of the Umayyad period. His writing leads him to tell the stories of his childhood in the ghetto that the Israeli army, after expelling most of the inhabitants of Lydda (Lod in Hebrew), built for the small number who remained in the city. Literature merges with reality throughout his evocation of these memories.
The literary characters of the novels of Ghassan Kanafani, Amos Oz and Elias Khoury become real characters, and his account of the drama lived in the Palestinian ghetto merge with the narrator’s attempts to free himself from his own kidnapped identity. His testimony turns into limitless questions, as befits a tale where the stories reflect other stories stretching to infinity.
Khoury is one of the greatest writers of our times and perhaps the greatest Arabic-language writer of this generation, definite Nobel Prize material.
Avraham Burg on The Children of the Ghetto. My Name is Adam by Elias Khoury in Haaretz
Elias Khoury is an artist giving voice to rooted exiles and trapped refugees, to dissolving boundaries and changing identities, to radical demands and new languages.
Edward W. Said
Gate of the Sun (“Bab al-Shams”) is the first magnum opus of the Palestinian saga. After their country is torn apart in 1948, two men remain alone in a deserted makeshift hospital in the Shatila camp on the outskirts of Beirut. Khalil holds vigil at the bedside of his patient and spiritual father, a storied leader of the Palestinian resistance who has slipped into a coma.
Beautifully weaving together haunting stories of survival and loss, love and devastation, memory and dream, Khoury humanizes the complex Palestinian struggle as he brings to life the story of an entire people. Originally published in Beirut in 1998, the novel has been a sensation throughout the Arab world, in Israel, and throughout Europe.
Few have held to the light the myths, tales and rumors of both Israel and the Arabs with such discerning compassion. Gate of the Sun is an imposingly rich and realistic novel, a genuine masterwork.
New York Times Book Review
Elias Khoury’s monumental novel is in a sense that groundbreaking book.
The word ”brilliant“ is etched across Khoury’s Gate of the Sun.
Awlad el-ghetto. Esmi Adam
The Children of the Ghetto. My name is Adam
Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 2017
Katara Prize for Arabic Novel 2016
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 2016, 423 p.
English translation available
France: Actes Sud 2018 ● Israel : Van Leer ● Romania: Polirom 2018 ● UK: MacLehose ● USA: Archipelago
The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 2012
France: Actes Sud 2013 ● Italy: Feltrinelli 2014 ● Spain: Alfaguara 2015 (world rights) ● UK: MacLehose 2015 ● USA: Archipelago 2016
As Though She Were Sleeping
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 2007, 392 p.
France: Actes Sud 2007 ● Germany: Suhrkamp 2012 ● Norway: Aschehoug 2011 ● Sweden: Leopard 2008 ● UK: MacLehose 2011 ● USA: Archipelago 2012
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 2002, 381 p.
Brazil: Record 2012 ● Catalan: Club Editor 2009 ● France: Actes Sud 2004, 2013 ● Germany: Suhrkamp 2011 ● Israel: Andalus 2005 ● Italy: Einaudi 2009 ● Netherlands: Ambo 2006 ● Norway: Aschehoug 2009 ● Poland: Karakter 2014 ● Sweden: Leopard 2012 ● Spain: Alfaguara 2011 (world rights) ● USA: Archipelago 2008, 2015 pb, Picador 2009 pb ● UK & ANZ: MacLehose 2010
The Smell of Soap
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 2000, 91 p.
Adapted for the theatre by Lina Abiad and performed on Gulbenkian Theatre at LAU (Beirut) 2000
Gate of the Sun
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1998, 1999, 527 p.
Arabic Audio rights: Kitab Sawti, Stockholm
Brazil: Record 2008 ● Catalan: Club Editor 2007 ● France: Actes Sud 2003 ● Germany: Klett-Cotta 2004, dtv 2007 pb ● India: DC Books 2010 ● Israel: Andalus 2002 ● Italy: Einaudi 2004, Feltrinelli 2014 pb ● Netherlands: Anthos 2010 ● Norway: Aschehoug 2004 ● Portugal: Quetzal 2012 ● Sweden: Leopard 2005 ● Spain: Alfaguara 2010 (world rights) ● Turkey: Hece Basin Yay 2013 ● USA: Archipelago 2006, 2016 pb, Picador 2007 pb ● UK & ANZ: Harvill Secker 2005, Vintage 2006 pb
The Box of Secrets
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1994, 208 p.
France: Actes Sud 2009 ● Germany: C.H. Beck 2000, dtv 2004 pb ● Israel: Van Leer 2017
The Kingdom of Strangers
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1993, 128 p.
Germany: Das arabische Buch 1998 ● Turkey: Pegasus ● USA: University of Arkansas 1996
Rihlat Ghandi al-saghir
The Journey of Little Gandhi
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1989, 2000, 208 p.
France: Actes Sud 1995, 2004 ● Israel: Xargol ● Italy: Jouvence 2001 ● Spain: Icaria-Nadhari 2009 ● Turkey: Pegasus ● USA: University of Minnesota 1994, Picador 2009
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1981, 1986
France: Actes Sud 1992, 2007 ● Israel: Hakibbutz Hameuchad ● Italy: Einaudi 2007 ● USA: Archipelago 2010
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1981, 1990 112 p.
UK: University of Minnesota 1993 ● USA: Picador 2000
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1977, 1984, 163 p.
Albania: Zenit 2009 ● France: Actes Sud 1987, 2009 ● Sweden: Alhambra 2002 ● UK: Carcanet 1989, 1995 ● USA: University of Minnesota 1989, Picador 2007
‘An alaqat al-da’ira
Regarding the Relations of the Circle
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1975, 1985
Beirut: Dar al-Adab 1984