NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Return by Hisham Matar
An extraordinary memoir of a son’s search for his father and the return to a homeland, Libya, after decades of exile.
Hisham was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time. We follow Matar on what is a very intimate journey, returning to Libya and rediscovering the life he had there. His love for Libya is overwhelming; his pride for his homeland even painful at times. The book is an attempt to understand his relationship with his father and why his father behaved as his did under the Gaddafi regime. The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss.
It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art, and one of the most deeply affecting books you will read this year.