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Rabih Alameddine (Arabic: ربيع علم الدين‎) (born 1959) is a Lebanese American painter and writer. He was born in Jordan to Lebanese Druze[1] parents (Alameddine himself is an atheist).[2] He has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, England, and the United States. He began his career as an engineer, then moved to writing and painting. He is the author of three novels—Koolaids, I, the Divine and The Hakawati—as well as The Perv, a collection of short stories, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in San Francisco and Beirut.


  • Koolaids: The Art of War (April 1998)
  • The Perv: Stories (June 1999)
  • I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters (October 2001)
  • The preface of Homophobia: Views and Positions (May 2006) [3]
  • The Hakawati (April 2008) [4]


  1. ^ SFGate
  2. ^ Mississippi Review
  3. ^ Helem
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