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Rabih Alameddine (Arabic: ربيع علم الدين‎) (born 1959) is a Lebanese-American painter and writer.

Rabih Alameddine
Amman, Jordan
Alma materUniversity of California at Los Angeles

Early lifeEdit

Alameddine was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese Druze[1] parents (Alameddine himself is an atheist).[2] He grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon, which he left at age 17 to live first in England and then in California. He earned a degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Business in San Francisco.


Alameddine began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting. The author of four novels and a collection of short stories, Alameddine was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.

In 2014, Alameddine was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and he won the California Book Awards Gold Medal Fiction for An Unnecessary Woman.[3][4]

In 2017, Alameddine won the Arab American Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction for The Angel of History[5]



  1. ^ Curiel, Jonathan (April 29, 2008). "Alameddine". SFGate, website of the San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Devlin, Kieron (Spring 2002). "A Conversation with Rabih Alameddine". Mississippi Review. Vol. 8, No. 2. Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners". Commonwealth Club of California. 2015. Archived from the original on February 27, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 Arab American Book Award Winners – Fiction: The Angel of History by Rabin Alameddine". Arab American National Museum. Retrieved August 3, 2017.

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