Hisham Matar





Hisham Matar

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New York, NY, The United States
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Hisham Matar was born in New York City. He spent his childhood in America with his Libyan parents while his father was working for the Libyan delegation to the United Nations. When he was three years old, his family went back to Tripoli, Libya, where he spent his early childhood. Due to political persecutions by the Gaddafi regime, in 1979 his father was accused of being a reactionary to the Libyan revolutionary regime and was forced to flee the country with his family. They lived in exile in Egypt where Hisham and his brother completed their schooling in Cairo.[2][3] In 1986 he moved to London, United Kingdom, where he continued his studies and received a degree in architecture. In 1990, while he was still in London, his father, a politica...more


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“Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo.”
Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men

“Nothing is more acceptable than what we are born into.”
Hisham Matar

“وفي بعض الليالي لم يكن ما أتخيله حسنا. فقد كنت أحلم بالانتقام، وأعيد تصوره مرارا وتكرارا إلى أن تسفر السماء عن تباشير الفجر الرمادي. كم كان يملأني هذا الشعور بالحاجة إلى أن أغدو رجلا بسرعة كبيرة، ولكن ليس لأقوم بالأشياء المرتبطة بالرجولة وامتيازاتها، بل لأغير الماضي، لأنقذ تلك الصبية من يومها الأسود.”
Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men

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