by Hisham Matar
August 30, 2012 Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
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June 15, 2012 Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is on a journey from Carthage to Cairo. Here are two reading lists that will make his adventure a literary one.
June 14, 2012 To many, life in North Africa has long seemed dominated by dictatorships. Hosam Aboul-Ela shatters this portrait with three books that display a vibrant society present despite extreme oppression. Has a book ever changed your conception of a region or culture? Tell us in the comments.
June 7, 2012 The Arab Spring caught many people by surprise — but that might not have been the case if you'd been reading literature from the region. Journalist Lin Noueihed recommends three books from Northern Africa. Do you have a favorite from one of these countries? Let us know in the comments.
Anatomy of a Disappearance
September 8, 2011 In his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar tells the tale of a father kidnapped — much like his own. Matar's father, a vocal opponent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, disappeared 20 years ago. No one knows if he is dead or alive. "Living in hope is a really terrible thing," Matar says.
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May 31, 2011 The season of pleasure reading is upon us, and the publishing world has readied a handful of thrilling titles to be released just in time for the summer heat. After surveying the crop, here are our picks for fun reading in the sun.
Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 shortlisted author Hisham Matar poses for photographers in London.
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April 28, 2011 Writer Hisham Matar, who was nominated for the Booker Prize for his book, In The Country of Men, speaks with Renee Montagne about writing and fiction in an unstable Libya.
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April 1, 2008 The BPP book club spent the month of March reading Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men. Now it's time for you, dear listeners, to weigh in with thoughts, comments and questions for the author.
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February 29, 2008 Writer Sarah Goodyear welcomes you to the Bryant Park Project Book Club. In March, we'll be reading Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men.
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February 22, 2007 Hisham Nitar's semi-autobiographical debut novel In the Country of Men was short-listed for the 2006 Mann Booker Prize. Matar was born in New York City in 1970 to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli, Libya, and later in Cairo, Egypt. He has lived in Great Britain since 1986. Matar's father, a critic of the Libyan regime, was arrested in 1990. Matar has been unable to find out what happened to him.
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February 11, 2007 Hisham Matar fled Libya in the 1970s as a 9-year-old boy. This week, he releases his debut novel, In the Country of Men, a story told through the eyes of a Libyan boy. Like Matar, the boy's father is a political dissident hunted down by the Libyan government.
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