The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Paperback)

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Beautifully-written, heart-breaking, suspenseful, impossible to put down. Hisham Matar's The Return follows the author's quest to find out the fate of his father -- a vocal critic of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, taken from his home with the cooperation of Egyptian police. Although this story has strains of political intrigue, it will resonate personally with anyone who has experienced grief. This book, like few others, really does have something for everyone.

— From James


WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing--one of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Guardian - Financial Times

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?

Praise for The Return

"A tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It simply must be read."--The Spectator (U.K.)

"Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read."--Zadie Smith

" An] eloquent memoir . . . at once a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father's fate . . . and a son's efforts to come to terms with his father's ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"This outstanding book . . . roves back and forth in time with a freedom that conceals the intricate precision of its art."--The Wall Street Journal

"Truly remarkable . . . a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling . . . a testament to Matar's] father, his family and his country."--The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

"The Return is a riveting book about love and hope, but it is also a moving meditation on grief and loss. . . . Likely to become a classic."--Colm T ib n

"Matar's evocative writing and his early traumas call to mind Vladimir Nabokov."--The Washington Post

"Utterly riveting."--The Boston Globe

"A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart."--Kazuo Ishiguro, The Guardian

"Beautiful . . . The Return, for all the questions it cannot answer, leaves a deep emotional imprint."--Newsday

"A masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging, and above all, family. It is, as well, a study of the shaping--and breaking--of the bonds between fathers and sons. . . . This is writing of the highest quality."--The Sunday Times (U.K.)

About the Author

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 National Book Critics Circle Award, and won numerous international prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, the Premio Flaiano, and the Premio Gregor von Rezzori. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, published in 2011, was named one of the best books of the year by The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. He lives in London and New York. From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812985085
ISBN-10: 0812985087
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English