A History of the Big House

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About the Author
Charif Majdalani was born in Lebanon in 1960 and is one of the most important figures in Lebanese literature today. After living in France for thirteen years, he returned to Lebanon in 1993 and now teaches French literature at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. His novel Moving the Palace won the 2008 François Mauriac Prize from the Académie Française as well as the Prix Tropiques. His previous book Beirut 2020: Diary of the Collapse was published by Other Press in 2021.

Ruth Diver holds a PhD in French and comparative literature from the University of Paris 8 and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She won two 2018 French Voices Awards for her translations of Marx and the Doll by Maryam Madjidi, and Titus Did Not Love Berenice by Nathalie Azoulai. She also won Asymptote's 2016 Close Approximations fiction prize for her translation of extracts of Maraudes by Sophie Pujas.
Praise for Charif Majdalani:

"Majdalani's novels are much praised in the Francophone world, and with good reason. His seductive prose twists and turns...gracefully drawing on Arabic storytelling traditions while offering a modern narrative crackling with razor-sharp humor." --New York Times Book Review

"Majdalani immerses the reader in a tinted world of djellabas, caravans, daggers, banquets, and palanquins...[He] renders the complex social landscape of the Middle East and North Africa with subtlety and finesse." --Wall Street Journal

"Charming...Majdalani's writing sparkles." --Publishers Weekly