Born in Egypt of Lebanese parents in 1920, Andrée Chedid was one of the most renowned contemporary French writers. She spent the final years of her formal education at the American University of Cairo before settling in Paris in 1946 with her doctor husband. Her acclaimed books include From Sleep Unbound and The Return to Beirut. She also wrote poetry, novels, short stories and plays, as well as the lyrics for her grandson’s number-one pop single. Her pioneering style and artistic vision constituted a truly multicultural and enduring body of work. She died in February 2011.