Abbas Beydoun (born 1945) is a Lebanese poet, novelist and journalist. He was born in the village of Sur near Tyre in southern Lebanon. His father was a teacher. Beydoun studied at the Lebanese University in Beirut and the Sorbonne in Paris. He was involved in left-wing politics and spent time in jail as a young man.
Since becoming a full-time writer, he has published numerous volumes of poetry, among them Hujurat, Li Mareedin Huwa al-Amal, and Ashiqa'a Nadamuna. His work has been translated into all the major European languages, and English translations of his poetry have appeared in several issues of Banipal magazine. Beydoun has mentioned Pierre Jean Jouve and Yannis Ritsos among his key poetic influences.
He also published a novel called Tahlil damm in 2002. The English translation by Max Weiss, titled Blood Test, won the Arkansas Arabic Translation Award in 2008.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Profile in Banipal magazine Archived June 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Profile in English PEN World Atlas Archived May 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- "Sheikh Zayed Book Award Eleventh Session Winners Announced". Sheikh Zayed Book Award website. 9 March 2017. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
- "Writing the Language of Absence": essay by Abbas Beydoun in Banipal magazine
- An exchange of correspondence between Abbas Beydoun and Michael Kleeberg discussing the war against Iraq