Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1949 and emigrated to France after the start of the civil war. He writes in French, and his works have been translated into 20 languages.
He attended Jesuit schools in Beirut and, after studying sociology and economics, Maalouf continued a long family tradition and became a journalist. He worked for the leading daily newspaper, An-Nahar, and travelled to India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen and Algeria, often covering wars and other conflicts. Following the start of the civil war he emigrated with his wife and three children to Paris.
Maalouf received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel The Rock of Tanios and won the Prince of Asturias Award for literature in 2010.
Amin Maalouf lives in Paris.