Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar is a Libyan writer born in 1970 in New York City to Libyan parents. He spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and later moved to London, where he continues to live. Matar's work is heavily influenced by his own experiences and the history of Libya. His debut novel, 'In the Country of Men', was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. Matar's memoir, 'The Return', won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and delves into his search for his father, who was a political dissident in Libya and disappeared in 1990. His writings often explore themes of family, loss, and the impact of political turmoil.


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  1. 1. The Return

    "The Return" is a poignant memoir detailing a man's search for his father, who disappeared in Libya's political prison system. The narrative offers a deeply personal exploration of loss, memory, and homecoming as the protagonist returns to his native country after years of living in exile. The book also provides a profound insight into Libya's turbulent history, its oppressive regime, and the devastating impact of politics on individual lives.