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In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006. A first novel by Hisham Matar. Nine-year-old Suleimanâs father is away on business, but Suleiman is sure he sees him in the market square of Tripoli. Why doesnât he come over?

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In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business - except that he is sure he has just seen his father, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses. But why isn't he waving? And why doesn't he come over when he knows Suleiman's mother is falling apart?

From a breathtaking new talent comes an utterly gripping, incredibly emotional novel told from the point of view of a young boy growing up in a terrifying and bewildering world where his best friend's father disappears and is next seen on state television at a public execution; where a mysterious man sits outside the house all day and asks strange questions; where his mother and uncle burn all his father's books when they know what an avid reader he is and when it seems his father has finally disappeared for good. Soon the whispers and fears, secrets and lies will become so intense that Suleiman can bear them no longer and in his terrified effort to save his family may end up betraying his friends, his parents and ultimately himself.

About the Author

Hisham Matar was born in New York in 1970 and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. He has lived in London since 1986 and is currently at work on his second novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th July 2006

Author

Hisham Matar

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780670916399

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