Di Khitam al Amir e da Gulfnews.com del 29 settembre 2023
Lo scrittore franco-libanese Amin Maalouf è stato eletto segretario permanente dell’Accademia di Francia il 28 settembre, succedendo a Hélène Carrère d’Encausse.
FRENCH LEBANESE WRITER AMIN MAALOUF ELECTED PERMANENT SECRETARY OF FRENCH ACADEMY
Renowned French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf was elected as the Permanent Secretary of the French Academy on September 28, succeeding Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, who passed away on August 5.
Maalouf clinched the prestigious position with 24 votes, outpacing fellow writer and competitor Jean-Christophe Rufin, who secured eight votes, as reported by AFP.
Maalouf was the favoured candidate for the role due to his active participation in the foundation’s initiatives and previous experience as the Permanent Secretary of the Academy.
A steadfast defender of the French language, Maalouf has been an integral member of the organisation for several years, having joined its ranks in 2011.
Maalouf, the recipient of the 1993 Goncourt Prize for his novel “The Rock of Tanios,” has authored 14 novels and essays, including “Leo the African” (1986), “Samarkand” (1988), “In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong” (1998), “Origins: A Memoir” (2004), “The Disoriented” (2012), and his latest work, “The Sinking of Civilisations,” published in 2019.
Furthermore, he has been honoured with two distinguished Arab accolades: the Al Owais Prize and the Zayed Book Award.
The French Academy currently has 40 seats, with men occupying 28, women holding seven, and five remaining vacant, awaiting forthcoming elections.
“Académie française” (French Academy) is the official body in France responsible for regulating and standardising the French language. It is also known as the “Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres” (Academy of Inscriptions and Beautiful Letters).
The French Academy’s primary mission is to protect the purity and integrity of the French language. It defines and maintains the rules of grammar, orthography and vocabulary.
Maalouf was elected to the French Academy on June 23, 2011, occupying the seat previously held by Claude Lévi-Strauss.