Search Results: "Hisham Matar"


BOOK REVIEW

ANATOMY OF A DISAPPEARANCE by Hisham Matar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A son without closure writes sparingly and brilliantly about what it is to suffer loss without end."
A boy grows into a man in the suffocating vacuum of his father's abrupt and unresolved vanishing. Read full book review >

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IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN by Hisham Matar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A tender-hearted account, winning in its simplicity, of a childhood infected too soon by the darkness of adults."
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this intriguing debut by a Libyan expatriate spotlights a Libyan family buffeted by a repressive regime. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN by Hisham Matar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A beautifully written, harrowing story of a son's search for his father and how the impact of inexplicable loss can be unrelenting while the strength of family and cultural ties can ultimately sustain."
Novelist Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance, 2011, etc.) returns to his native Libya in 2012 following a three-decade exile. Read full book review >

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Eudemonia Redemption by Oliver Matar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A compelling premise hindered by a lack of new insights and too little character."
A self-described "ordinary—yet unique—man," the unnamed narrator of Matar's (Counselors Beyond Knowledge, 2013) first work of fiction, shares his perspective on living a happy life. Read full book review >

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REBEL MUSIC by Hisham D. Aidi
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE OF ARABIA by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Buckley is a literary WMD. Thank heavens he's ours."
Buckley (Washington Schlepped Here, 2003; No Way to Treat a First Lady, 2002, etc.) jauntily flips pies at Middle Eastern dynasties, splattering meringue on the CIA, the State Department, the French, the mullahs, and anyone else standing nearby. Who could not laugh? Read full book review >