The Return -Monday, August 22, 2016
Writer Hisham Matar gained international recognition with his debut novel, In the Country of Men, which uses the perspective of a nine-year-old boy to show life in Libya following the 1969 revolution. Under dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya entered an oppressive, terrifying regime, which banished and murdered critics and committed brutal war crimes, leaving the country in a quiet state of terror. Matar has first-hand knowledge of these troubled times as a native Libyan who spent the first six years of his life in Tripoli. During these years, his father Jaballa bravely carried on illegal activities as a political dissident against the Gaddafi regime.