Unnecessary Woman (Alameddine)

Author Bio
Birth—1959
Where—Amman, Jordan
Raised—Kuwait and Lebonan
Education—B.S., University of California, Los Angeles; M.B.A, University
   of San Francisco
Currently—lives in San Francisco, California, USA


Rabih Alameddine is a Lebanese-American painter and writer. He was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese Druze parents (Alameddine himself is an atheist). He grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon, which he left at age 17 to live first in England and then in California.

A lover of mathematics, he earned a degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Business in San Francisco. He began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting.

He is the author of four novels—Koolaids: The Art of War (1998); I, the Divine (2001); The Hakawati (2008); and An Uncessary Woman (2013)—as well as The Perv (1999), a collection of short stories. In 2002 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Hakawati (The Storyteller in Arabic), his most famous work, was the result of eight years of intensive work. It has received critical acclaim and been translated into ten languages. Alameddine lives in San Francisco and Beirut. (From Wikipedia. Retrieved 2/20/2014.)

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