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The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

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The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
English | 2016 | ISBN: 0812994825 | 256 pages | EPUB,PDF,MOBI | 3MB


From the author of In the Country of Men, a Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, comes a beautifully written, uplifting memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his fathers disappearance.
When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regimes most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. œHope, as he writes, œis cunning and persistent.
Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought hed go back to again. The Return is the story of what he found there. It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power. Above all, it is a universal tale of loss and love and of one familys life. Hisham Matar asks the harrowing question: How does one go on living in the face of a loved ones uncertain fate?
Praise for The Return
œ[Matar] writes with both a novelists eye for physical and emotional detail, and a reporters tactile sense of place and time. The prose is precise, economical, chiseled; the narrative elliptical, almost musical. . . . The Return is, at once, a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his fathers fate at the hands of a brutal dictatorship, and a sons efforts to come to terms with his fathers ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence."Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
œIt seems unfair to call Hisham Matars extraordinary new book a memoir, since it is so many other things besides: a reflection on exile and the consolations of art, an analysis of authoritarianism, a family history, a portrait of a country in the throes of a revolution, and an impassioned work of mourning. . . . For all its terrible human drama . . . the most impressive thing about The Return is that it also tells a common story, the story of sons everywhere who have lost their fathers, as all sons eventually must."Robyn Creswell, The New York Times Book Review
œThe Return is a personal memoir, concerned with the kidnap and disappearance of the writers father at the hands of the Qaddafi regime. It is wise and agonizing and thrilling to read."Zadie Smith
œWhat a brilliant book. Hisham Matar has the quality all historians"of the world and the self"most need: He knows how to stand back and let the past speak."Hilary Mantel
œThe Return is a riveting book about love and hope, but it is also a moving meditation on grief and loss."Colm Tóibín
œA triumph of art over tyranny, structurally thrilling, intensely moving, The Return is a treasure for the ages."Peter Carey
œThe Return is tremendously powerful. Although it filled me with rage again and again, I never lost sight of Matars beautiful intelligence as he tried to get to the heart of the mystery. I am so very grateful he has written this book."Nadeem Aslam

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