The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between Pdf Summary
From Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hisham Matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of answers to his father’s disappearance. In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years.
When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar’s father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime’s most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is “persistent and cunning”.
This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power.
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About Hisham Matar Author of The Return: Fathers Sons and the Land in Between Pdf Book
Hisham Matar Author of The Return: Fathers Sons and the Land in Between Pdf Book was born in New York City, where his father was working for the Libyan delegation to the United Nations. When he was three years old, his family went back to Tripoli, Libya, where he spent his early childhood. Due to political persecutions by the Ghaddafi regime, in 1979 his father was accused of being a reactionary to the Libyan revolutionary regime and was forced to flee the country with his family. They lived in exile in Egypt where Hisham and his brother completed their schooling in Cairo. In 1986 he moved to London, United Kingdom, where he continued his studies and received a degree in architecture. In 1990, while he was still in London, his father, a political dissident, was kidnapped in Cairo. He has been reported missing ever since. However, in 1996, the family received two letters with his father’s handwriting stating that he was kidnapped by the Egyptian secret police, handed over to the Libyan regime, and imprisoned in the notorious Abu-Salim prison in the heart of Tripoli. Since that date, there has been no more information about his father’s whereabouts.
Hisham Matar began writing poetry and experimented in theatre. He began writing his first novel In the Country of Men in early 2000. In the autumn of 2005, the publishers Penguin International signed a two-book deal with him, and the novel was a huge success.
The Return: Fathers Sons and the Land in Between pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Knopf Canada; 1St Edition (July 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 034580774X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345807748
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,756 in Fatherhood (Books)
- #2,298 in Middle Eastern Politics
- #54,072 in Memoirs (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 1,190 ratings
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