Lina Huyan Elhassan

Lina Huyan Elhassan


لينا هويان الحسن

Lina Huyan Elhassan is a Syrian novelist, born in 1975. She studied philosophy at Damascus University. She comes from a Bedouin family, a culture that is at the center of her work. She has worked as a journalist since 2003, and in 2013, she moved to Lebanon after her brother was killed in Syria. She has published nine works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels and poetry. Her novel Diamonds and Women was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and more recently, her novel The Ruler of the Two Fortresses, was longlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

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Date of birth : 1975
Country of birth: Syria
Country of residence: Lebanon
Contact: Soha Yaghi (agent)

Selected bibliography

  • كعب الجنية : رحلة الى مدن تسكنها الجنيات، الاندرين، اسرية، قصر ابن وردان , The Fairy’s Heel*, Arab Institute for Research & Publishing, 2022
  • أنطاكية وملوك الخفاء, Antakya and the Hiding Kings*, Dar Al Tanweer, 2021
  • بنت الباشا , The Pasha’s Daughter*, Manshuraat Dafaf, Manshuraat Al Ikhtilaaf, Lebanon, 2017
  • الذئاب لا تنسى, Wolves Don’t Forget*, Dar Al Adab, 2016
  • ألماس ونساء , Diamonds and Women*, Dar Al Adab, Lebanon, 2015
  • مرٱة الصحراء, The Desert’s, Mirror*, Dar Al Shamʻah, 2000

*Working title


Interview with longlisted author Lina Huyan Elhassan by IPAF, February 2023

Two female authors took part in the talk at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair by The National News, May 2015

Prizes and awards

  • Longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, 2023
  • Winner of the Ibn Battuta Award for travel literature in 2022
  • Shortlisted three times for the Sheikh Zayed Prize for Arabic literature between 2016 and 2018
  • Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic fiction for Diamonds and Women in 2015

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