Hisham Matar's "The Return" Reviewed by The New York Times

July 26, 2016

The New York Times recently reviewed "The Return" by Hisham Matar, The Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts & Adjunct Associate Professor in the English Department.

"Here, in 'The Return,' [Matar] writes with both a novelist’s eye for physical and emotional detail, and a reporter’s tactile sense of place and time," says the review.  "'The Return' is, at once, a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father’s fate at the hands of a brutal dictatorship, 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."  

Click here to read the full review.

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He writes in English. His first novel, In the Country of Men (2006), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize,The Guardian's First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won six international literary awards including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book award, the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize, and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. His second novel,  Anatomy of a Disappearance (2011), was shortlisted for the Encore Award, The Arab American Book Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by the Chicago TribuneThe Daily BeastThe IndependentThe GuardianThe Daily Telegraph,Toronto Sun, and the Irish Times. His novels have been translated to twenty-eight languages.