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The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

The Return Fathers Sons and the Land In Between An extraordinary memoir of a son s search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he d see againHisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Liby

  • Title: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between
  • Author: Hisham Matar
  • ISBN: 9780670923335
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An extraordinary memoir of a son s search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he d see againHisham Matar 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 In this heart breakinAn extraordinary memoir of a son s search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he d see againHisham Matar 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 In this heart breaking, illuminating memoir he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again.The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art It s the story of what it is to be human Matar is beginning to do for the Arab experience what the likes of Salman Rushdie have done for the sub continent The Times

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    1. In the United States, I first heard of the overthrow of Qaddafi on our nightly news, just pieces here and there, atrocities committed by the regime just lightly touched on. So this book was very eye opening to me, the details were anguishing to read. First book I have read about Libya, or even set in Libya.The author's father was a very successful businessman, quite wealthy and against the Qaddafi regime, he put his money into the overthrow of this corrupt and abusive government as he and extend [...]

    2. There are several reasons to choose this book:-beautiful prose. -thoughtful, philosophical content about a son's relationship to an absent father.-a memoir that illustrates how political events shape the lives of a nation's people. -details about life under the Libyan dictator Qaddafi.Themes are smoothly and thoughtfully interwoven. This is not merely a book about historical events. It is not only one man's, the author's, struggle to come to terms with the uncertainty of his father's death and h [...]

    3. Hisham Matar’s revered Father, businessman and wealthy ex-Libyan Jaballa Matar, was a financier hero of several mysterious and failed Libya liberation movements fighting against the alpha male dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Muammer Qaddafi had engineered a coup in Libya in 1969 overthrowing Libya’s monarch, and he soon began a campaign of torture and terror to kill any possible political competition. Very male author Hisham Matar, the respected masculine writer of this award-winning very masculin [...]

    4. Description: In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little [...]

    5. One of my favourite TV shows at the moment is The Leftovers. On an ordinary October day in 2011, two percent of world's population vanishes simultaneously, without trace. The plot focuses not on the mystery of the disappearance but on the deep anguish of the people left behind. It is the uncertainty surrounding the departure that hurts the most - those that remain cannot know for sure if their missing loved ones are dead or alive. They are forever denied a sense of closure - they don't even have [...]

    6. In 1969 a coup d'état took place in a North African country. The Free Officers Movement, a revolutionary group headed by a 27-year-old army officer called Muammar Qaddafi, disposed King Idris, Libya’s monarch. So began a 42 year reign of terror by the iron grip of Qaddafi and his family and supporters, where anyone who dared oppose the regime would be removed and imprisoned. Hisham Matar was born in the United States as his father was working there at the time with the Libyan delegation to th [...]

    7. Deeply moving, this is quite possibly the best book I've read so far this year! In this memoir, Matar writes of his personal experience of the Libyan revolution, it's history, and the disastrous effects complete power can have on a nation. He writes of his family's time in exile, of grief and of loss, with an underlying note of hope throughout. Exquisitely written, this book deserves a lot more credit. It may hurt your heart a little, but I think we all need that from time to time. Straight to t [...]

    8. I'm the odd one out here, I guess. 50 + pages in, and I still find this book boring, and the writing far from natural. Better luck to others

    9. This memoir is the long, sad story of a 19-year-old Libyan boy (the author, Hisham Matar) who learns his father has been kidnapped and imprisoned as an opposition leader by Qaddafi. Finding out what became of his father becomes Hisham's lifelong purpose, and it's all detailed in this book.In addition to tales of the family clan and the search, Hisham gives a little history of Libya which, I daresay, many no little about. For instance, I learned that the Italians who occupied Libya as colonial op [...]

    10. «Il corpo di mio padre se n’è andato, ma il suo spazio è qui ed è occupato da qualcosa che non può essere considerato semplicemente un ricordo. È vivo e vitale. Come potrebbero la complessità dell’essere, la meccanica della nostra anatomia, l’intelligenza della nostra biologia, e lo sconfinato firmamento della nostra interiorità – pensieri, domande, struggimenti, speranze, bramosia e desiderio e le mille e una contraddizioni che ci abitano in ogni momento – avere una fine che s [...]

    11. This is about prisoners in the jails of Libya during the long Qaddafi dictatorship. It is also, as in the author’s case, about those who quest forlornly, using any fragment of information, on those imprisoned. The author’s father, a resistance fighter against Qaddafi, was abducted on the streets of Cairo by Egypt’s secret police. From there he was sent to Libya and essentially disappeared in the morass of the Libyan prison system. This happened in 1990 when the author was 19 years old. Und [...]

    12. I tried people! I tried so damn hard, but…Hisham Matar’s family is from Libya, but Matar grew up in Egypt, because his father was an opponent of the Qaddafi regime. If you don’t know anything about the Qaddafi regime here’s a buzzword: Benghazi.Qaddafi imprisoned dissidents, or had them assassinated. Many of his opponents lived abroad, but that did not deter Qaddafi! He happily sent assassins all over the world to murder his adversaries.An example from the book: Matar’s brother Ziad, w [...]

    13. I strongly recommend this moving account of a man coming to terms with his father's disappearance under the brutal Gaddafi regime in Libya. Hisham Matar and his brother were born into a wealthy Libyan family and were both educated overseas. Their father, Jaballah Matar, was a prominent figure in Libyan political life and was an outspoken detractor of Gaddafi’s. In 1979 the family fled to Cairo, fearing for their safety. Despite this evasive measure and the family’s vigilance, in 1989, when H [...]

    14. I have researched the father I never met: photos, letters, purple heart award. I corresponded with the grandson of the Croatian Freedom Fighter who returned my dad's body to the U. S. Army Air Corps. Dad was a pilot of one of the distinguished Lightning airplanes that brought destruction from the air to Germany in World War II. Was he suited as the young husband of my mother, or as my father? "The body of my father is gone," this author writes,"but his place is here and occupied by something tha [...]

    15. I read Hisham Matar's previous two books last Summer, in anticipation to his reading at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. 'In the Country of Men' become my read of last year.I had high expectations and it's one of the few books I ordered before the actual publishing date in these past few years, and the hardback and its beautiful cover was a joy to hold.It starts rather slowly, since the writer does not have the freedom as when writing fiction, but then he seems to get true to his mot [...]

    16. Emotional exhausting. This is Matar's third book, and his first departure from fiction. In this book he recounts the full experience of losing his father, the one that his previous books were based on.I'll be writing a full review on my blog once my mind takes it all in.

    17. Dan il-ktieb mhuwiex finzjoni imma rakkont reali dwar l-esperjenza tal-awtur, Hisham Matar, fuq ir-ritorn tiegħu lejn il-Libja wara l-waqgħa tad-dittatorjat ta' Gaddafi. Ir-ritorn ilaqqgħu mal-familjari li ħafna minnhom, bħal missieru, daqu l-kruha, il-ħruxija, l-inġustizzja, it-tortura, l-inumanità tad-detenzjoni tagħhom fil-ħabs Abu Salim. L-ebda kelma li nuża ma tista' tiddeskrivi r-rikkezza fl-emozzjonijiet li l-qarrej iħoss waqt ir-rakkont ta' Matar, bejn il-preżent waqt iż-ż [...]

    18. Started this book last night and could not put it down! An amazingly written book about such a difficult experience. I knew so little about Libya's history but I am fascinated now to go out and read more books about it/watch documentaries etc.

    19. Il dolore rattrappisce il cuore. E questo, io credo, è uno degli obiettivi. Fai sparire un uomo per metterlo a tacere ma anche per restringere la mente di quelli che rimangono, per corromperne l'anima e limitarne l'immaginazione. Quando Gheddafi ha preso mio padre, ha messo me in uno spazio non più grande della cella in cui era lui. (…) Ho vissuto perlopiù così, fra i venti e i trent'anni, finché, nell'autunno del 2002, dodici anni dopo la sparizione di mio padre, mi sono ritrovato sull'o [...]

    20. A sad story but didn't work for me. After reading about this book I thought I absolutely had to read it. While studying at university in London, author Matar's father is kidnapped. Matar never sees his father again (this is not a spoiler as it's on the flap and was noted in several book previews). Yet the author hopes that his father might very well be alive, despite the horrors of the Gaddafi's regime. The book is the story of his journey and his search. The book was a struggle. I really wante [...]

    21. Hisham Matar berichtet in diesen Erinnerungen von der Suche nach seinem Vater, der 1989 im Auftrag des Gaddafi-Regimes entführt wurde und seitdem verschwunden ist. Mich haben die Themen Libyen, Arabischer Frühling und nicht zuletzt die vielen begeisterten Rezensionen zu diesem Buch greifen lassen. Ohne Frage ist es schrecklich, was Hisham Matars Vater und damit auch der Familie, die in ständiger Ungewissheit und Gefahr lebte, widerfahren ist. Für sein mutiges Handeln, die Suche nicht aufzuge [...]

    22. In 'De terugkeer' brengt auteur Hisham Matar op ingetogen, sobere wijze verslag van zijn jarenlange zoektocht naar zijn vader, Jaballa Matar, die in 1990 door de Egyptische geheime dienst uit zijn flat in Caïro ontvoerd werd en aan Khadaffi werd uitgeleverd waarop hij jarenlang vastzat in de Libische Abu Salimgevangenis.'n Zeer tragische neerslag over de uitwassen van elke vorm van dictatoriaal bewindVoor mezelf voelt het wat onkies aan om aan het boek de nodige sterren te koppelen. Misschien [...]

    23. Wow, this book hooked me from the start and glued me to every page! Eloquently written and deeply felt, The Return by Hisham Matar is a haunting memoir about a son investigating the fate of his missing father under Qaddafi's reign in Libya. Hisham endeavors also to convey the modern history of Libya, what it was like to live under a brutal dictatorship and how the dissidents were inhumanely treated. This is a story of a terribly unimaginable deeds, but also a tale of oozing hope and indomitable [...]

    24. I read this book with my phone sitting next to me. I learnt quite a bit of Libyan history as I read about Matar's quest to find out what happened to his father Jaballa Matar once he was kidnapped from his Cairo flat and imprisoned in the notorious Abu Salim prison by Gaddafi. After two and a half decades and numerous attempts to locate him Hisham Matar still does not know. A difficult read yet a compelling one.

    25. The author, Hisham Martar, a prize winning author of fiction, recounts his father’ life, arrest, and uncertain fate in this book. Matar’s father Jarballa Matar was an officer in King Idris’ government. After the fall of Idris’s government due to the rise of Guaddafi, Jarballa served as a diplomat. Eventually he became very disenchanted with Guaddafi’s dictatorship. He left the government and began using his wealth to plot Guaddafi’s overthrow. Jarballa was living with his wife in Egy [...]

    26. I find it very difficult to rate a book about someone's life, especially when the main theme is about hurt, atrocities, and cruelties. What's even worse is when the person writing the book doesn't seem to have full closure about exactly what happened, but tries his best to tie as many pieces as possible together.Without giving anything away, I just need to mention that Hisham Matar is a fantastic writer. Since the first page, I felt very uncomfortable reading about the events conveyed in the boo [...]

    27. Magari fossi il figlio di un uomo felice, che arriva alla vecchiaia con tutti i suoi beni, sono le parole di Telemaco che Hisham Matar sente come sue, nella perenne ricerca delle tracce del padre. Mi ha toccato profondamente questo libro, sia per il modo in cui si segue il filo della storia dolorosa di un paese , dell'esilio, dell'assenza, sia per la conoscenza che questo filo porta. Mi ha colpito l'amore per un paese in cui non si può più vivere, il senso di vicinanza con chi è rimasto e con [...]

    28. The Return, an autobiography of Hisham the son of Jaballah Matar, a man who saw how terrible the Libyan regime was, the hidden war crimes, the stolen rights, and tried to do the right thing. Against all odds."The shooting lasted for 2 hours."About the Abusalim massacre, All it took to end 1200 lives, with families waiting on the other side. Tired eyes and aching hearts dreaming of the Return of a father, a husband and a brother."Every month for 5 years she cooked meals and purchased gifts for a [...]

    29. There was a moment during Hilary Harper’s interview with Hisham Matar where I think the entire audience at the Wheeler Centre held their collective breath. He was reflecting on the impact of his father’s disappearance on the normal trajectory of youthful rebellion and disconnection. (His father was kidnapped by the Libyan government when Hisham Matar was aged 19). He spoke of his grief quoting Hamlet in response to his uncle Claudius and his duplicity.“Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh [...]

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