May Menassa

May Menassa


مي منسى

Born in Beirut in 1939, May Menassa studied French Literature and began working in journalism in 1959, first for Lebanese television, then for An Nahar newspaper as a literary and art critic. She was editor-in-chief of the monthly women’s magazine Jamaloki (Your Beauty). During her lifetime, she published ten novels, of which one was longlisted and another shortlisted for the Arabic Booker Prize. She also wrote children’s books and worked as a translator. Her last novel I Killed My Mother in Order to Live was longlisted for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2019. Menassa died in 2019.

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Date of birth : 1939
Date of death: 2019
Country of birth: Lebanon
Country of residence: Lebanon

Selected bibliography

  • قتلت أمي لأحيا, I Killed My Mother in Order to Live*, Riad Al Rayyes Books and Publishing, Lebanon, 2017
  • ماكنة الخياطة, The Seamstress’s Machine*, Riad Al Rayyes Books and Publishing, Lebanon, 2012
  • انتعل الغبار وأمشي, Walking in the Dust*, Riad Al Rayyes Books and Publishing, Lebanon, 2006
  • أوراق من دفاتر سجين, Pages from Notebooks of a Prisoner*, Dar Annahar, Lebanon, 2000
  • أوراق من دفاتر شجرة رمان,  Pages from Notebooks of a Pomegranate Tree*, Dar Annahar, Lebanon, 1989. French translation: Sous les branches du grenadier, Encres d’Orient, France, 2012, trans. by Antoine Jockey

* Working title


Journalist, Novelist wrote in the Black Ink of War and Tragedy by AlJadid, 2019

Farewell to beloved and award-winning novelist May Menassa by ArabLit, January 2019

Elle tisse le verbe comme une étoffe précieuse (in French) by L’Orient-Le Jour, June 2015



Prizes and awards


Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Iman Humaydan