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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


Books inside books: An infinite history of modern Libya


by Marcia Lynx Qualey

Hisham Matar’s new memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between is several books at once, depending on which way you hold it to the light. 2,087 more words

Fernando Báez

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

The Book To Read: In The Country Of Men.

/Textiles of a city by Najla Shawket Fitouri, image © Noon Arts/

Libya, where art thou? That is a question I already asked – a lot of times. 518 more words

Art Of Resistance