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The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between (Pulitzer 2017)

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Winner of the 2017 Rathbone Folio Prize.

 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE
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.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780241966280
ISBN-10: 0241966280
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.22 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Seria Pulitzer 2017

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Born in New York to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in England. His debut novel In the Country of Men was published in twenty-nine languages and won numerous international prizes as well as being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to great acclaim in 2011. He lives in London and New York.


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There is no escape from the continuing powerful embrace of Hisham Matar's The Return
It is likely to become a classic.
A total work of art. It reminded me of Solzhenitsyn. It is of the same importance. I love it.

Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read
Bristles with arresting wisdom
A treasure for the ages
Tremendously powerful
A magnificent memoir of exile and loss
One of the essential books of our times
A profound and powerful meditation on love, loss and exile
A truly remarkable book
Stands comparison with the best literature of exile
[An] extraordinary memoir
Marvellously well-handled memoir
A tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage
A masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging and, above all, family.
Beautifully written
Exquisite
An astonishing political thriller
[A] profound work of witnessing and grief... leaves a deep emotional imprint
A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart by the savage realities of today's middle east
I have always admired Matar's tender and compassionate but equally strong and compelling voice
Mr. Matar is not a wonderful writer because his father disappeared or because his homeland is a mess: he is a brilliant narrative architect and prose stylist, his pared-down approach and measured pace a striking complement to the emotional tumult of his material . . . This book is an extraordinary gift for us all
Breathtaking memoir... an elegy by a son who, through his eloquence, defies the men who wanted to erase his father and gifts him with a kind of immortality
The Return moved me to tears and taught me about love and home
A desolating and powerful account of his son's search for his father, in life and death
Is it a sign, or a consequence, of this dreadful year that the best books displayed stern lucidity in the face of darkness and death? Hisham Matar's search for his "disappeared" father in The Return (note how badly British politicians come out of it)
A masterpiece . . . Its concision and reserve only heighten the power of a gripping and agonising story
The Return is the self portrait of a haunting, a kind of political ghost story - made more unbearable by the beauty of its prose
The intelligence and grace of Matar's writing is fuelled by a fierce and valid rage
For Matar, hope depends on individuals and families standing by cherished values
A haunting and terrifying story, told with courage, anger, dignity and unswerving determination
Among the best of the year's writing... This book is his masterful ink-stained resistance

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'A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart' Kazuo Ishiguro, Guardian
'Cutting back and forth in time between the near present, Mr. Matar's childhood memories of growing up in Libya, and pieced-together accounts of his father's work as an opposition leader and his imprisonment . . . At once, a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father's fate at the hands of a brutal dictatorship, and a son's efforts to come to terms with his father's ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence. A haunting memoir about one family, and one son's search for his father' New York Times
'Moving, truly remarkable, thrilling, gripping. From his anger, suffering, and grief, Matar has built a testament to his father, his family and his country' Daily Telegraph
'Matar has forged a memoir that in its nuance and nobility bears unforgettable witness to love, to courage and to humanity' Financial Times
'A story of terrible deeds, but also a tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It must be read' Spectator