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In The Country of Men

In The Country of Men

On a white hot day in Tripoli in the summer of 1979 nine year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business - but Suleiman is sure he has just seen him, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses.

But why isn’t he waving? And why doesn’t he come over when he knows Suleiman’s mother is falling apart?

Whispers and fears intensify around Suleiman and he begins to wonder whether his father has disappeared for good.

About the Author

Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was born in New York in November 1970 and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo before moving back to Britain. He studied architecture at Goldsmith’s College and in 1990, when he was a student, his father - a Libyan dissident living in Cairo - was kidnapped, taken back to Tripoli, imprisoned and tortured and there has been no word since 1995.

In the Country of Men (2006) was his first novel. Matar has lived in London since 1986.