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In the Country of Men

In the Country of Men

by Hisham Matar
Paperback
Publication Date: 15/03/2012
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'A powerful portrait of a family . . . shares themes with Ian McEwan's Atonement and Michael Frayn's Spies, and can hold its head high in such singular company' Sunday Times 'It was 1979 and the sun was everywhere. Tripoli lay brilliant and still beneath it.' Nine-year-old Suleiman is just awakening to the wider world, beyond the games on the hot pavement outside his home and beyond the loving embrace of his parents. He becomes the man of the house when his father goes away on business - but then he sees his father, standing in the market square in a pair of dark glasses. Suddenly the wider world becomes a frightening place where parents lie and questions go unanswered. In his father's worrying absence, Suleiman turns to his mother, who, under the cover of night, entrusts him with the secret story of her childhood. And, as lies and fears intensify, it feels as if the walls of Suleiman's home will break with the secrets held within. 'Matar writes beautifully . . . He is a nuanced observer with a gift for conveying both absurdity and raw emotion' Guardian 'What emerges from this moving and graceful novel is the insistence that memories of love will survive the country of men' Independent
ISBN:
9780241957073
9780241957073
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-03-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x16mm
Weight:
0.18kg
Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He is the author of two novels, In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance and a work of non-fiction, The Return. In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the National Critics Book Circle Award in the US and won six international literary awards. The Return won a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the Folio Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards around the world including the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction. Hisham Matar lives in London.

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