Hala Kawsarani

Hala Kawsarani


هالة كوثراني

Hala Kawsarani is a Lebanese novelist born in Beirut in 1977. She stayed in the city throughout the civil war witnessing the difficult postwar years until the total collapse of the country today. Her passion for writing began at an early age; writing became her way to understand the world around her. Shes studied political science and Arabic literature at the American University of Beirut. Kawsarani joined the weekly magazine Laha when it was founded in 2000 as a cultural editor, before becoming the managing editor and editor-in-chief.

She was chosen as one of the most promising 39 authors under the age of 40 of Arab heritage in the project Beirut39, a collaboration between Hay Festival and Beirut World Capital of the Book 2010.

In 2017 she became Arabic editor-at -large for the newly founded Vogue Arabia. She joined the Lebanese American University in 2019 as a part-time instructor, teaching an undergraduate creative writing course in Arabic, a position she held in until the summer of 2022 when she left Beirut for Doha. Her novels have been the subject of a number of academic studies including Felix Lang’s The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel: Memory, Trauma and Capital (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

© Ammar Abd Rabbo
Date of birth : 1977
Country of birth: Lebanon
Country of residence: Qatar & Lebanon
Contact: Hala Kawsarani

Selected bibliography

  • يوم الشمس, The Day of the Sun*, Hachette Antoine, Lebanon, 2022
  • يومان ونصف, A Day and a Half*, Dar Al Saqi, Lebanon, 2019
  • contributor to the anothology Beyrouth Noir, Asphalte Editions, 2017
  • غابرييل شانيل خيوط حياتها, Gabrielle Chanel: The Threads of Her Life*, Hachette Antoine, Lebanon, 2017
  • contributor to the anthology Beirut Noir, Akashic Books, 2015
  • كاريزما, Charisma*, Dar Al Saqi, Lebanon, 2014
  • علي الاميركاني, Ali the American*, Dar Al Saqi, Lebanon, 2012
  • ستديو بيروت, Beirut Studio*, Dar Al Saqi, Lebanon, 2008
  • الأسبوع الاخير, The Last Week*, Dar Al Saqi, Lebanon, 2006

*Working title


Pour Hala Kawsarani qui a fait déjà ses armes en littérature arabe, témoigner sur sa terre d’origine, frappée de malheurs et d’exode, s’exprime à travers des romans à l’écriture originale et sensible (in French) by L’Orient-Le Jour, August 2022

“Charisma,” Hala Kawtharani’s latest novel explores the relationship between beauty, words, power and revolutionary change in an original manner that ties together seemingly unrelated events and characters by Al Jadid, July 2015

Hala Kawtharani: “J’écris pour comprendre” (in French) by Agenda Culturel, December 2011

Möte med Hala Kawtharani (in Swedish) by Orientalista, August 2011

Prizes and awards

  • Sharjah Book Fair Prize for Best Arabic Novel for her novel Ali el-Amirkani, 2012
  • Selected by Hay Festival as one of the 39 most creative Arab writers under 39, 2010


Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Iman Humaydan