Translated by Rae Azkoul
About the Book
Author of the international bestseller The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran and his work remain influential to this day. President John F. Kennedy famously quoted from this book: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country’.
With a simplicity akin to that of Gibran’s own writing, Alexandre Najjar retraces Gibran’s life, from humble beginnings in Lebanon to his artistic training in Paris and meteoric rise to fame in the US, his adopted home.
Najjar examines Gibran’s letters, his publisher’s archives and unpublished documents, revealing the extent of his influence and the extraordinary message of peace and hope in all of his work.
About the Author
Alexandre Najjar was born in Lebanon in 1967. A lawyer, novelist and literary critic, he has won many prizes for his writing. His books include Kahlil Gibran: A Biography (Saqi Books), The School of War and The Silence of My Father (both Telegram), as well as several books in French. He lives in Beirut and Paris.