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 fatherâs disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.
The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as âa first-person elegy for home and father.â 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?
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYÂ
Michiko Kakutani,Â The New York TimesÂ â¢Â The Washington PostÂ â¢Â The Guardian â¢ Financial Times
âA tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It simply must be read.ââThe Spectator (U.K.)
âWise and agonizing and thrilling to read.ââZadie Smith
â[An] eloquent memoir . . . at once a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his fatherâs fate . . . and a sonâs efforts to come to terms with his fatherâs ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence.ââMichiko Kakutani, The New York Times
âThis outstanding book . . . roves back and forth in time with a freedom that conceals the intricate precision of its art.ââThe Wall Street Journal
âTruly remarkable . . . a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling . . . a testament to [Matarâs] father, his family and his country.ââThe Daily Telegraph (U.K.)
âThe 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.ââColm TÃ³ibÃn
âMatarâs evocative writing and his early traumas call to mind Vladimir Nabokov.ââThe Washington Post
âUtterly riveting.ââThe Boston Globe
âA moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart.ââKazuo Ishiguro, The Guardian
âBeautiful . . . The Return, for all the questions it cannot answer, leaves a deep emotional imprint.ââNewsday
âA masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging, and above all, family. It is, as well, a study of the shapingâand breakingâof the bonds between fathers and sons. . . . This is writing of the highest quality.ââThe Sunday Times (U.K.)
About: 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 When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances.
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