Libya, 1979 Nine Year Old Suleiman S Days Are Circumscribed By The Narrow Rituals Of Childhood Outings To The Ruins Surrounding Tripoli, Games With Friends Played Under The Burning Sun, Exotic Gifts From His Father S Constant Business Trips Abroad But His Nights Have Come To Revolve Around His Mother S Increasingly Disturbing Bedside Stories Full Of Old Family Bitterness And Then One Day Suleiman Sees His Father Across The Square Of A Busy Marketplace, His Face Wrapped In A Pair Of Dark Sunglasses Wasn T He Supposed To Be Away On Business Yet Again Why Is He Going Into That Strange Building With The Green Shutters Why Did He Lie Suleiman Is Soon Caught Up In A World He Cannot Hope To Understand Where The Sound Of The Telephone Ringing Becomes A Portent Of Grave Danger Where His Mother Frantically Burns His Father S Cherished Books Where A Stranger Full Of Sinister Questions Sits Outside In A Parked Car All Day Where His Best Friend S Father Can Disappear Overnight, Next To Be Seen Publicly Interrogated On State Television.In The Country Of Men Is A Stunning Depiction Of A Child Confronted With The Private Fallout Of A Public Nightmare But Above All, It Is A Debut Of Rare Insight And Literary Grace.
Hisham Matar was born in New York City, where his father was working for the Libyan delegation to the United Nations When he was three years old, his family went back to Tripoli, Libya, where he spent his early childhood Due to political persecutions by the Ghaddafi regime, in 1979 his father was accused of being a reactionary to the Libyan revolutionary regime and was forced to flee the country
- Mass Market Paperback
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- In the Country of Men
- Hisham Matar
- 27 February 2017 Hisham Matar