Hisham Matar

The Return
  • The Return

  • Hisham Matar

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY
    WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE
    ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES' TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016

    The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's memoir isn't just about the burden of the past, but the consolation of love, literature and art. It is the story of what it is to be human.

    Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return to his homeland. In this moving memoir, the author takes us on an illuminating journey, both physical and psychological; a journey to find his father and rediscover his country.

    'A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya's recent history with the author's dogged quest to find his father' Barack Obama

Born in New York to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in England. His debut novel In the Country of Men was published in twenty-nine languages and won numerous international prizes as well as being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to great acclaim in 2011. He lives in London and New York.