Dr. Souheil Idriss founded Dar Al Adab for publishing and distribution in 1956. It is one of the
oldest publishing houses in the Middle East. It publishes the prestigious literary magazine AL
ADAB, a register of all modern writing: plays, poetry, literary critique, and a very open vision of
cultural exchange, as the main weapon against fanaticism and integrism. AL Adab magazine is
now totally digitalized and online. The house is a familial enterprise, independent of any political
party or governmental support. It focuses on novels, both originally written in Arabic and
international ones. From our backlist authors: Albert Camus, J.P. Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir
James Joyces, Edgar Allen Poe, Kazantzaki, Mishima, Kawabata, and many others. From our
recent list, Elif Shafak, Elena Ferrante, Isabel Allende, Peter Handke, Paul Auster, Ian McEwan,
Ismaël Kadare, Haruki Murakami and more recently Samanta Schweblin, Yoko Ogawa, Mia
Couto and Marta Batalla…
For Arab Fiction, the list is endless: Classical and modern novelists, from all Arab countries, many
of whom have been awarded international and Arab literary prizes, many of whom struggle to be
published in this city called Beirut.
For Beirut remains, in spite of its wounds, the lung of the Arabs, Among them: Elias Khoury, Ala’a Aswany, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Sahar Khalifeh, Hanan El Seikh, Nawal Saadawi, Hoda Barakat, (Arab Booker 2019), Jokha Al Harithi (Man Booker International 2019), Khaled Khalife…
The French specialist in Arab Publishing, Franck Mermier, in his book "The City and the Book” wrote “Often compared to the French Gallimard, Dar Al Adab is probably the only publishing house that can consecrate the name of a new author, at a pan-Arab level”.
Dar Al Adab received the Sharjah award of best Arab Publishing house, and is shortlisted to the
Sheikh Zayed award for best publisher.
It received the Medal of the Moroccan Kingdom
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