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In the Country of Men: A Novel

In the Country of Men: A Novel
Author: Hisham Matar
ISBN 13: 9780385340434
ISBN 10: 385340435
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: 2008-02-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 246
List Price: $16.00

In the Country of Men is a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare. But above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace.

The New York Times - Lorraine Adams

In the Country of Men brings to mind 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and the other great science fiction of totalitarianism in the way it posits a cruelly simplified and nonsensical universe. The young boy who is its first-person narrator can only sometimes make this world coherent … Matar s understanding may feel so refined because it s distilled from the long contemplation of his own experiences. Like the narrator, he was born in 1970 and last saw Libya in 1979. His father, a dissident former diplomat exiled in Egypt, was kidnapped there in 1990 and imprisoned and tortured in Tripoli. He was last heard from in 1995. Qaddafi s regime imprisoned or hanged three of Matar s cousins, an uncle and several friends. In interviews and in his writing, he maintains a public composure. As a novelist, his self-control is impressive.