The Return

The Return

Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

eBook - 2016
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"In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regimes most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballah Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning. " This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 0812994833 (electronic bk.)
9780812994834 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B MATAR
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Media


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Libya: Author's search for his father -- a prominent opponent of Qaddafi -- who was kidnapped.

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Jul 07, 2017

This is the third book by Matar about the disappearance of his father, a wealthy businessman and member of the Libyan elite who opposed Qaddafi and who was kidnapped, was imprisoned and disappeared. This book is a memoir about Matar's return to Libya after the downfall of Qaddafi to discover when and how his father died. Matar seems somewhat naïve politically and provides no broader context. The book seemed padded in places (irrelevant descriptions). The grief of privilege.

Jan 20, 2017

very powerful book

Dec 28, 2016

Beautifully written and very compelling, this book reads more like fiction. In my reading, I often make a note of a great turn of phrase or clever use of words that makes a point so well that there's no way it could be misconstrued. It normally happens once or twice to me in a book, but in this book I stopped counting after it got into double digits. After everyone I'd say to myself jealously, "I wish I had I written that sentence!"
This family's strength and dignity in the face of unimaginable circumstances affected me profoundly.


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