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Compostela-Xunta de Galicia prize


Amin Maalouf, XIII International Prize Compostela Group-Xunta de Galicia



The Jury of the 13th Edition of the international Compostela Prize- Xunta de Galicia, presided over by Mrs. Laura Sánchez Piñón , Acting Regional Minister for Education and University Development of the Galician Government, and composed by Dr. Maurits van Rooijen , President of the Compostela Group of Universities; Dr. Anna María Geli de Ciurana, Rector of the University of Girona (Spain); Prof. Monika Auweter- Kurtz , Rector of the University of Hamburg (Germany); Dr. Marco Antonio Cortés Guadrado, Rector of the University of Guadalajara (Mexico); Mrs. Ánxela Bugallo Rodríguez , Acting Regional Minister of Culture and Sports for the Galician Government; and Mr. José Ramón Leis Fidalgo, Acting Regional Director for University Development and Quality of the Galician University System, gathered in Santiago de Compostela, on March 13th, decided to award this present edition of the prize to the Lebanese writer and journalist Amin Maalouf.


In this occasion, the Jury decided unanimously to award this prize as an acknowledgement for Maalouf´s literary career, through which, he has contributed to the construction of a multicultural, multi religious and multi linguistic reality. Likewise, Mr. Maalouf´s personal development is a clear example of the links between Europe and the Mediterranean .


Maalouf was born in 1949 in Beirut , he writes mainly in French and his works have been translated into different languages. En 1993, he received the Goncourt Prize for his novel Rock of Tanios. He studied Sociology at the French University in Beirut and until the break of the break of the Civil War in his country in 1975; he worked as a director for the Lebanese journal Al- Nahar. That same year, he moved to France , where he still lives.


His work is marked both by the Civil War experiences and also by migration. His characters are mainly voyagers between different lands, languages and religions. His most regarded book at the international level is Leo Africanus, but among his fiction works we can also highlight the following titles: The First Century after Beatrice; Gardens of Light; Ports of Call and Balthazar’s Odyssey. He also produced non fiction works such as: The Crusades through Arab Eyes; In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong and Origins: Memoirs.