When Hisham Matar was 19, his father was kidnapped in Cairo and taken to a prison in Libya. Hisham never saw him again. His unflinching memoir, The Return, charts his search for clues to his father’s fate. It won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, and author Peter Carey called the book ‘a triumph of art over tyranny’. Hisham talks to Fairfax literary editor Jason Steger about how his search was both an attempt to reconcile his loss and a harrowing journey into history, politics, art and the brutal legacy of corrupted power.
Supported by The British Council.
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Hisham Matar (International)
Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and The Guardian First Book Award, and won numerous international prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and a Commonwealth First Book Award. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to great acclaim in 2011. His prize-winning memoir, The Return, was published in 2016 and was the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages.
Jason Steger (Australian)
Jason Steger is Fairfax's literary editor and a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Book Club.