Books by Amin Maalouf

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Eloquent and full of passion."
From a distinguished journalist and award-winning novelist, an extended essay with an urgent warning: The world is on the brink of disaster, and humanity must act now to avert it.  Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Amin Maalouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"A shimmering portrait of a clan molded by history and personal whim."
Expatriate Lebanese novelist Maalouf (Balthasar's Odyssey, 2002, etc.) explores the gap between family legend and family history. Read full book review >
BALTHASAR’S ODYSSEY by Amin Maalouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Splendid, sophisticated fun: Maalouf has a fine grasp of history and a natural's gift for narrative and adventure."
A clever picaresque from Maalouf (In the Name of Identity, 2001, etc.) takes us from the Middle East across all of Europe in search of an enchanted book. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A convincing thesis from a wise and civilized voice."
The latest attempt to explain the propensity of civilized nations to repeatedly engage in the massacre of their neighbors, a practice alternately known as genocide, race riots, ethnic cleansing, and, simply, mass murder. Read full book review >
PORTS OF CALL by Amin Maalouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1999

Ports Of Call ($24.00; Nov. 30; 197 pp.; 1-86046-446-7): The native Lebanese (now French) author of such exotic fiction as The Rock of Tanios (1994) and The Gardens of Light (p. 177) offers here the winsome (though strangely uninvolving) story of Turkish-Lebanese nobleman Ossyane Ketabdar's renunciation of both his father's revolutionary ardor and Clara, the Jewish woman whom their respective cultures, a world war, and the later (1948) Arab-Israeli War keep apart for many years, before a final bittersweet meeting seals their fates. Read full book review >

THE GARDENS OF LIGHT by Amin Maalouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

A fine meditative historical novel from the internationally acclaimed Lebanese author of Samarkand (1996) and The Rock of Tanios (1994). Read full book review >

THE ROCK OF TANIOS by Amin Maalouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Lebanese journalist and author Maalouf's (Leo Africanus, 1988, etc.) Read full book review >