Rabai Al-Madhoun

Born in 1945 in al-Majdal, Ashkelon, in what is now Israel, Rabai al-Madhoun is a Palestinian author whose family moved to Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip following the 1948 Nakba. Al-Madhoun attended universities in Cairo and Alexandria but was expelled before completing his degree due to his political involvement. He has had a diverse career, contributing as a researcher at the Palestinian Centre for Research Studies and working in various journalistic capacities for several publications and news outlets such as Al-Horria, Al-Ufuq, Sawt al-Bilad, Al-Quds al-Arabi, Al-Hayat, WTN, and APTN-Associated Press.

His literary contributions include the novel “The Lady from Tel Aviv,” which was shortlisted for the 2010 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and later translated into English by Elliot Colla. The English edition earned the English PEN Writers in Translation award. His second novel, “Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba,” garnered the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2016. Al-Madhoun currently serves as an editor for Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

Books Written by Rabai Al-Madhoun