The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Hisham Matar

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
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The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Hisham Matar

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as a first-person elegy for home and father. Transforming his personal quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us an unforgettable work with a powerful human question at its core: How does one go on living in the face of unthinkable loss?

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