In the Country of Men (out of print)
On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business - but Suleiman is sure he has just seen him, standing across the street...From a breathtaking new talent comes an utterly gripping, emotional novel told from the point of view of a young boy growing up in a terrifying and bewildering world where his best friend's father disappears and is next seen on state television at a public execution; where a mysterious man sits outside the house all day and asks strange questions; and where it seems his father has finally disappeared for good. Soon the whispers and fears, secrets and lies will become so intense that Suleiman can bear them no longer and in his terrified efforts to save his family may end up betraying his friends, his parents and ultimately himself.
Winner of Ondaatje Prize 2007 and Commonwealth Writers Prize 2007. Shortlisted for Booker Prize for Fiction 2006 and National Book Critics Circle Awards: Fiction 2008.
Exquisite, so full of essential truths: the more you read the more you feel the childhood described in it is yours -- Nadeem Aslam, Author Of Maps for Lost Lovers
Hisham Matar was born in New York in 1970 to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He has lived in London since 1986. In the Country of Men has been published in twenty-two languages, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006, the Guardian First Book Award and the Index on Censorship T.R. Fyvel Book Award, and won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book for the Europe and South Asia region and the Gregor von Rezzori Prize.