Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra


جبرا إبراهيم جبرا

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra was born in Bethlehem, Palestine under the British mandate, to an Christian Orthodox family. He studied in Jerusalem, then at Cambridge before returning to Jerusalem where he was appointed professor of English literature. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, he went into exile and settled in Iraq, where he continued to teach English literature at university level, while actively participating in the country’s cultural life. In 1951, with other Iraqi artists, he founded the Baghdad Group for Modern Art. His work includes more than seventy works, between novels, poems, studies and translations. The Union of Arab writers counted him among the 100 best novelists of the 20th century. His novels have been translated into English and French, he also wrote two novels in English.

© Dalloul Art Foundation, Beirut
Date of birth : 1920
Date of death: 1994
Country of birth: Palestine
Country of residence: Palestine & Iraq
Publisher(s): Dar Al Adab

Selected bibliography

  • البحث عن وليد مسعود, In Search of Walid Masoud*Dar al-Adab, Lebanon, 1978

* Working title

Le Premier Puits, trsnl Jocelyne Laabi and Leila El-Masri, Albin Michel, 1993

The First Well, a Bethlehem Boyhood, trnsl Issa Boullata, University of Arkansas Press, 1995

The Journals of Sarab Affan, trnsl Ghassan Nasr, Syracuse University Press, 2007

In Search of Walid Masoud, trnsl Roger Allen and Adnan Haydar, Syracuse University Press, 2000

Cry in a Long Night, trnsl William Tamplin, Darf Publishers 2022


Book review of The Journals of Sarab Affan in Banipal, 2008

On Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, his work, and the loss of his house in Baghdad, NY Times, 2010

William Tamplin on translating Cry in a Long Night, Arablit, 2022


Prizes and awards

  • He received the literary award “Ville de Tunisie” in 1960

Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Elisabetta Bartuli