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In the Country of Men

In the Country of Men

Author(s): Hisham Matar

Location(s): Tripoli

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 1970s



1979, set against the brutal police state of Gaddafi’s Libya. Through the eyes of nine year old Suleiman we see and experienc Tripoli, and Suleiman’s family in the city, and what it means not to have freedom.

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`Exquisite, poignant, hopeful . . . deserved its place on the 2006 Man Booker shortlist’ Daily Telegraph The Libyan setting – political, cultural and physical – is extremely well evoked. A novel of great...

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In the Country of Men

When he was just 9 years old, Hisham Matar’s family was forced to flee from Libya to escape Colonel Gaddafi’s tyrannical and repressive regime. In 1990 his father was kidnapped from Cairo and returned...

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