The Return

The Return

Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

by Hisham Matar

Hardback Publication Date: 05/07/2016

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing--one of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Guardian - Financial Times

When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father's disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as "a first-person elegy for home and father." Transforming his personal quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us an unforgettable work with a powerful human question at its core: How does one go on living in the face of unthinkable loss?

Praise for The Return

"A tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It simply must be read."--The Spectator (U.K.)

"Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read."--Zadie Smith

" An] eloquent memoir . . . at once a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father's fate . . . and a son's efforts to come to terms with his father's ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"This outstanding book . . . roves back and forth in time with a freedom that conceals the intricate precision of its art."--The Wall Street Journal

"Truly remarkable . . . a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling . . . a testament to Matar's] father, his family and his country."--The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

"The Return is a riveting book about love and hope, but it is also a moving meditation on grief and loss. . . . Likely to become a classic."--Colm Toibin

"Matar's evocative writing and his early traumas call to mind Vladimir Nabokov."--The Washington Post

"Utterly riveting."--The Boston Globe

"A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart."--Kazuo Ishiguro, The Guardian

"Beautiful . . . The Return, for all the questions it cannot answer, leaves a deep emotional imprint."--Newsday

"A masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging, and above all, family. It is, as well, a study of the shaping--and breaking--of the bonds between fathers and sons. . . . This is writing of the highest quality."--The Sunday Times (U.K.)

ISBN:
9780812994827
9780812994827
Category:
Politics & government
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
05-07-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
218.69x148.34x21.34mm
Weight:
0.38kg
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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