RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between


RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

HISHAN MATAR    Book Number: 84981    Product format: Hardback

'I am reluctant to give Libya any more than it has already taken.' 'In the 36 years since we left Libya, my family and I had built associations with several surrogate cities: Nairobi, where we went on our escape from Libya in 1979...Cairo where we settled the following year into indefinite exile; Rome, a vacation spot for us; London, where I went at the age of 15 for my studies and where for 29 years I have been doggedly trying to make a life for myself; Paris, where, fatigued and annoyed by London, I moved in my early thirties, vowing never to return to England, only to find myself back two years later. In all these cities, I had pictured myself one day calm and living in that far away island, Manhattan, where I was born.' When Hishan Matar was a 19 year old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regime's most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hishan would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Hope he writes is 'cunning and persistent'. 22 years later after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hishan returns with his mother and American wife Diana to the homeland he thought he'd never go back to again in search of the truth behind his father's disappearance. At once an exquisite meditation on history by an historian, on politics and on art, and a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, the book is a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power. Above all it is a tale of loss and love and of one family's life. Written by a Man Booker prize winner who had moved with his parents to Manhattan in the spring of 1970 when his father was appointed First Secretary of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations. 'Men like him had been shot in train stations and cafés, their cars blown up.' 244pp, small remainder mark. Peter Carey said of this book, 'A triumph of art over tyranny, structurally thrilling, intensely moving, The Return is a treasure for the ages.'
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