Hisham Matar

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Hisham Matar (Arabic: هشام مطر‎) (born 1970)[1] is an American born British-Libyan writer.[2] His memoir of the search for his father, The Return, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and the 2017 PEN America Jean Stein Book Award.[3] His debut novel In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the 2006Man Booker Prize.[1] Matar’s essays have appeared in the Asharq al-Awsat, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and The New York Times. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to wide acclaim on 3 March 2011. He currently lives and writes in London.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Comparative Literature, Asia & Middle East Cultures, and English at Barnard College, Columbia University.[2]


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