Bassam Hajjar was born in Tyr, Lebanon, on August 13th in 1955.
Hajjar studied philosophy at the University of Lebanon and the Sorbonne in Paris. Since 1978 many of his investigations, articles, literary critics and translations have been published in various magazines and newspapers, such as Al Fikr al Arabi al Muassir, Nizwa, Abwab and Al Nida.
Hajjar was the co-founder and editor in chief of Al Mulhak, a weekly literary supplement of the newspaper Assafir in Beirut and since 1999 up to his death he worked as an editor of Nawafiz, weekly cultural literary supplement of the newspaper Al Mustakbal.
Hajjar has participated in many poetry readings and conferences in Asia and Europe. Part of his work has been translated into French, English, Italian and German. Among his poetry collections are Preoccupations of a Calm Man (1980), I Recount As Though Fearing to See (1985), If Only Your Hand (1990), Cruel Professions (1993), Book of Sand (1999) and You Shall Outlive Me (2001).
The poet has also translated close to 60 works in the areas of philosophy, social sciences and many novels. Among other authors, he has translated works from: Martin Heidegger, Marguerite Yourcenar, Yasunari Kawabata, Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Gesualdo Bufalino, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Jacques Derrida, etc.