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The Return: Fathers, sons and the land in between - Hisham Matar (2016)

Hisham Matar is a gifted novelist, his novels In the Country of Men and Anatomy of Disappearance captivated me, his writing is beautiful and the stories he tells in those novels unforgettable, and I already knew they were inspired on some level at least, by true events. 870 more words

Wise Words: Hisham Matar

Books written out of fire give me a great deal of pleasure. You get the sense that the world for these writers could not have continued if the book hadn’t been written. 12 more words


Hisham Matar--"Naima" (New Yorker, January 24, 2011)

SOUNDTRACK: ROBERT CRAY BAND-Tiny Desk Concert 246 (October 22, 2012).

Robert Cray is a well-respected blues singer.  He has a smooth voice and a good bluesy guitar sound. 436 more words

Short Story

Hisham Matar--"The Book" (New Yorker, June 6 & 13, 2016)

SOUNDTRACK: PATRICK WATSON-Tiny Desk Concert #221  (May 31, 2012).

Patrick Watson is a Montreal-based singer songwriter with whom I was unfamiliar.  But he has received many accolades, including being nominated for the Polaris prize many times (and winning once).  863 more words

Tiny Desk Concert

The 'Week' has published the books of the year. The Return by Hisham Matar

Its the critics eight choices based on Christmas selections in national newspapers, the London Evening Standard, The Spectator and The New Statesman. 

If you have read this book do you agree with the critics reviews? 24 more words


Books, books, books again

Actually, although I was fully immersed in the big screen experience I was also reading lots of books between films.

On the publication of his memoir, … 899 more words

The Return – Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between, by Hisham Matar

Hardback, Penguin:Viking, £14.99, out now

Hisham Matar’s father Jaballa Matar, an active opponent of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, was kidnapped in Cairo in 1990 and imprisoned in Tripoli’s notorious Abu Salim jail.  265 more words