The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

by Hisham Matar

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The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016. Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return to his homeland. In this moving memoir, the author takes us on an illuminating journey, both physical and psychological; a journey to find his father and rediscover his country.

The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Press Reviews

'What a brilliant book. The Return reads as easily as a thriller, but is a story that will stick; a person is lost but gravity and resonance remain' -- Hilary Mantel

'It is likely to become a classic.' -- Colm Toibin

'A total work of art. It reminded me of Solzhenitsyn. It is of the same importance. I love it.' -- James Rebanks

'Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read' -- Zadie Smith

'Bristles with arresting wisdom' -- Jeremy Paxman

'A treasure for the ages' -- Peter Carey

'Tremendously powerful' -- Nadeem Aslam

'A magnificent memoir of exile and loss' -- Rawi Hage

'One of the essential books of our times' -- Adam Foulds

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ISBN: 9780670923335
Publication date: 30/06/2016
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780670923335
Publication date: 30th June 2016
Author: Hisham Matar
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: general, Autobiography: historical, political & military, Memoirs,

About Hisham Matar

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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