Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Story of Pain and Suffering in Libya

In the Country of MenIn the Country of Men by Hisham Matar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Short listed for the Booker, this emotionally searing book about a boy in Libya in 1979, sets the stage for what is happening today. The author, Hisham Matar, has an essay  in the Weekend FT (25 Feb 2011) and an opinion piece in the NYT, 9 March 2011.  Gideon Rachman, of the FT, has an interesting article on fiction as a route to political truth, discussing Matar's book along with several others: J. M. Coetzee and Aravind Adiga.

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