The Return

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2017
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Winner of the Pulitzer for Biography or Autobiography

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.

‘It is a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling… the story of the pursuit of his father turns out to be a way of telling the story of Libya itself.’ – The Daily Telegraph

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241966280
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 216g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 19 mm

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The Return
The Return
An interesting read of a son and father torn apart by Gaddafi's dictatorship in Libya. A strong, moving example of how families are affected by the stupidi... READ MORE
Michael Baker
The Return
Journey to find his father
Excellent book covering the history and overthrow of the barbaric Qadafi regime in Libya. The author's father is an opposition leader who gets jailed but w... READ MORE
The oaks
The Return
@#Libya Felix
very good but not completely honest but that is just my private opinion as I have lived in Libya sins turnover of 1960-ties as it is my place and s... READ MORE