Author(s): Hisham Matar
Nine-year-old Suleiman is just awakening to the wider world beyond the games on the hot pavement outside his home and beyond the loving embrace of his parents. He becomes the man of the house when his father goes away on business, but then he sees his father, standing in the market square in a pair of dark glasses. Suddenly the wider world becomes a frightening place where parents lie and questions go unanswered. Suleiman turns to his mother, who, under the cover of night, entrusts him with the secret story of her childhood.
Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize 2007. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.
Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006, the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US. It won six international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book award for Europe and South Asia, the Royal Society of Literatury Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Hisham Matar's second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published in 2011. Hisham Matar lives in London.