Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2017
Hisham Matar was 19 when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time.
In this heartbreaking, illuminating memoir, he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again. The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss. It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art. It's the story of what it is to be human.
©2016 Hisham Matar (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd
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By Suswati on 18-04-17

Deeply moving, the horrors of separation

A well deserved Pulitzer Prize for Hisham Matar, who speaks bravely about the terrible experiences his family faced under the Gaddafi regime and not knowing the fate of his diplomat father. It is gripping and terrifying to hear how easy it was for the authorities to arrest and kill Libyans at will even on foreign soil and the complicity of western countries that allowed it to happen. Truly a harrowing and stirring listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By FJF on 06-02-17

brilliant, beautiful and intimate

having Hisham himself as the reader, really transforms this story into a personal conversation.

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