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Hisham Matar

Biography

Hisham Matar

Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. His debut novel, IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and won numerous international prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, the Premio Flaiano, and the Premio Gregor von Rezzori. His second novel, ANATOMY OF A DISAPPEARANCE, published in 2011, was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. His work has been translated into 29 languages. He lives in London and New York.

Hisham Matar

Books by Hisham Matar

by Hisham Matar - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Hisham Matar was a 19-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he’d go back to again. THE RETURN is the story of what he found there.

by Hisham Matar - Fiction

Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies and nothing can fill the emptiness that her death causes within him and his father. Until they meet Mona and Nuri falls madly in love, but it's Nuri's father that Mona loves and eventually marries and their happiness consumes and tortures Nuri. When Nuri's father is kidnapped, they both realize how little they know this man.