Souhaib Ayoub

Souhaib Ayoub


صهيب أيوب

Souhaib Ayoub is a writer, journalist and actor. His debut novel Satin Man (رجل من ساتان) appeared with Hachette Nawfal in 2019, and his play, L’imperceptible suintement de la vie, which he himself performed, was directed by Lina Majdalanie and Rabih Mroué, as part of Hartaqat, at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne in January 2023 and toured Europe throughout 2023. He lives in Paris, where he often leads creative writing workshops. He also draws and paints.

Ayoub’s creative work explores questions relating to queerness, gender identity, and the body, delving into hidden corners of the individual and collective memory; his human rights activism and journalism also regularly focus on gender and sexuality. The rich histories of his hometown, Tripoli, are an equally central theme in his work. Satin Man, set amidst the domestic intrigues and gang rivalries of a working-class Tripolitanian neighbourhood, is akin to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet in its evocation of the dense texture of urban life. His forthcoming novel, The Family Wolf (Hachette Antoine) which received a work-in-progress grant from Culture Resource (Al Mawrid Al Thaqafy), is a detective novel that follows the serial killings of women in an apartment building in the city. In 2013 he founded Taʿa Naktub (“let’s write”), a project designed to encourage young people in Tripoli to take up creative writing.

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© Souhaib Ayoub
Date of birth : 1989
Country of birth: Lebanon
Country of residence: France
Publisher(s): Hachette Antoine

Selected bibliography

  • ذئب العائلة, The Family Wolf*, Hachette Antoine, Lebanon, forthcoming 2023
  • رجل من ساتان, Satin Man*, Hachette Antoine, Lebanon, 2019

*Working title


Man of Satin, By Souhaib Ayoub (translation excerpt by Sharon Grosso) in Words Without Borders, The Queer Issue XIV, July 2023

Souhaib Ayoub : « La liberté aide à desserrer les nœuds de la langue et ceux du corps » (in French) by L’Orient le Jour, janvier 2023

Souhaib Ayoub, écrivain libanais (in French) by Le Journal du Centre, September 2017

Prizes and awards

  • ذئب العائلة, The Family Wolf (upcoming), received the Al Mawred Al Thaqafy Production Prize in 2021
  • Residency at the Prieuré de La Charité-sur-Loire – Cité du Mot (France) in 2017 and 2018

Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Katharine Halls