Jana Fawaz Elhassan

Jana Fawaz Elhassan

Lebanese literary figure Jana Fawaz Elhassan, born in 1985, is an award-winning novelist and short story writer of note. Since 2008, she has contributed to newspapers and television, adding depth to her expertise and complementing her literary journey. Elhassan’s work not only showcases her storytelling prowess but also highlights her unique perspective on various facets of life.

Hailing from Btouratij in the Koura District of Lebanon, Jana Fawaz Elhassan’s literary career took a notable turn with her debut novel, “Forbidden Desires,” which earned her the Simon Hayek Award. This recognition was just the beginning of her journey in the literary world. Her subsequent novels, “Me, She and Other Women,” and “The Ninety-Ninth Floor,” further established her as a significant voice in Arabic literature. Critics acclaimed both novels and shortlisted them for the prestigious International Prize of Arabic Fiction. Notably, “The Ninety-Ninth Floor” marked a significant milestone in Elhassan’s career as it was her first novel to be translated into English, broadening her readership beyond the Arabic-speaking world. Furthermore, translators have rendered these novels into Italian, expanding their global reach.

In a remarkable acknowledgment of her influence and inspirational role, Jana Fawaz Elhassan was honored in 2015 as one of the BBC’s 100 Women. This recognition is part of the BBC’s two-week seasonal program that spotlights women worldwide who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. Being featured in this prestigious list underscored Elhassan’s literary achievements and highlighted her as a role model and source of inspiration for women globally. Inclusion attests to her impact as a writer and journalist, showcasing her ability to weave compelling narratives for diverse audiences. Elhassan’s journey in the literary and journalistic world reflects her dedication to her craft and her commitment to exploring and narrating stories that engage, challenge, and inspire her readers.

Books Written by Jana Fawaz Elhassan