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“When Qaddafi took my father,” Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father’s disappearance, “he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard.”
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News / International Affairs : Mondoweiss

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Academics / Literature : The Literary Saloon

In The National David Mattin profiles Libyan author Hisham Matar's search for his kidnapped father. His new book, Anatomy of a Disappearance, is now available in the UK (get your copy at; I'm surprised the US publicati...

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Hisham Matar’s account of trying to learn the fate of his father, an imprisoned Libyan dissident.


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