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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


Hisham Matar and Edmund White

‘Father’s literary memory was like a floating library.’

– Hisham Matar, The Return

‘One of my books is called The Burning Library, an allusion to the saying that when an old person dies a library burns. 20 more words


Hisham Matar and V.S. Naipaul

“All the books on the modern history of the country could fit neatly on a couple of shelves. The best amongst them is slim enough to slide into my coat pocket and be read in a day or two. 184 more words

Hisham Matar

In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar

In the Country of Men has been on my radar for a while, but I read it this month because it was the July choice for the… 843 more words


A Mixture of Spice and Salt

It is a Libyan-flavoured revolution, a mixture of spice and salt and light that smells like the blessings that come from the lanterns of saints… 1,625 more words