Abbas Beydoun

Abbas Beydoun (born 1945) is a Lebanese poet, novelist and journalist.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Since 1997, Beydoun has been cultural editor of the Beiruti newspaper As-Safir.[3] In 2019 Beydoun was a contributor to A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue Between East and West ISBN 9781909942288.

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