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The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between | Hisham Matar
From Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hisham Matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance. 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 hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning." This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power."
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Currey
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#readaroundtheworld #libya Bookwormy has exited Litsy. I will miss her. This book is both a memoir of the author‘s search for his father who had been kidnapped by Qaddafi, but also a careful look at the politics surrounding Libya‘s historical revolutions, and finally how one grieves when one can not be sure of the death of the person you mourn. Slightly chronologically confusing but otherwise well written.

BarbaraBB I didn‘t know and am very sorry to hear that about Book wormy 4mo
TorieStorieS Oh dear— thanks for letting us know! 4mo
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Angitron
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The book for today. I was first introduced to Matar‘s writing through his book “A Month in Siena” and fell in love with how clearly and beautifully he wrote about the Italian hill town. Different topic, but this one - so far - is just as wonderfully written.

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Vansa
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1.Tagged book was so devastating in its description of loss,exile and the ripple effects of the actions of the dictators, it made me weep with every page.Matar is a great writer.
2.Increasingly it's narrative nonfiction,some good practitioners of it.
3. All the Shah's men,about the CIA and British aided coup in Iran that installed the Shah is one of my favourite books.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4551863510

Eggs Sounds gripping 💜 Thanks for the thoughtful response 👍🏼 2y
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BarbaraBB
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This is the personal recount of Matar in search of his father and the country he was born, #Libya. His father‘s resistance towards the Libyan dictatorship ended in his imprisonment and disappearance, and tore the family apart. The book jumps in time to phases and places in the author‘s life, always searching for or escaping from the memory of both his father and his country. Definitely no easy read.

#19822022 #2016 #ReadingAfrica2022 🇱🇾

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RealLifeReading
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Not an easy nonfiction read. A son‘s search for answers about his father‘s abduction & imprisonment by the Libyan govt. But I wondered, why do women not seem to exist in this book? His mother was his sole parent for most of his life and he even travels to Libya with her, but we never learn about her thoughts on her husband‘s disappearance.

DivineDiana Your meal looks like a photograph for a magazine! And it looks delicious! ❤️ 2y
MK_Liddiard Perhaps his mother is not included because, well, women just aren‘t recognized. 2y
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thereflectiveflaneur
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Poignant and intimate! This is a great documenting of the pain and pleasure derived from the places we call home! Martin is honest and unflinching in his introspection. You will find yourself musing and meandering about the places and people in your lives!

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LisaLovesToRead
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The author is brilliant. His writing left me hurting for him and his family. I read this early in the year, so I don‘t have quotes handy now. At the time I was reading it, I often stopped to read a section to my husband or to talk through a concept or experience described.

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Bookwormjillk
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It‘s here @Wife I‘ll dig in soon. Thanks! #lmpbc #groupq

Wife 🌹 5y
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Wife
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#LMPBC #groupQ @laurenslibrary @Bookwormjillk (I still can‘t tag Stacy_31😕)

I don‘t want to send out any spoilers for my group. This was a book that I would never have read, but glad I did. I learned about a time and place and people that I knew nothing about. Thanks Lauren. I will try to get this in the mail today, but latest will be Tuesday because of the holiday. 2/5⭐️s

blank I still haven't received the book I was supposed to receive for August. 5y
Wife @laurenslibrary @Bookwormjillk Oh no! Did you get my book Jill? I still have the tracking receipt from the PO. I haven‘t been able to tag @Stacy_31 when I‘ve posted. I hope everyone is still participating. I‘ll wait for responses before mailing Lauren‘s book. 5y
Bookwormjillk I got your book and mailed mine to Stacy last month. Finishing up Maid this weekend and will mail Tuesday. 5y
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shmreads
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Finally, finished the remaining 30% during our monthly book club meet-up!

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shmreads
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actually, waiting for my boba 😆 and some time to pass before I grab one rugrat from school...

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MrBook
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I'm baaaack! 🤗🤗🤗

Terribly sorry for the hiatus 🙈. God, I've missed my #LitsyFamily! Between the move, deaths and births, a lot of extra work at the jobs, etc., I've been chomping at the bit to get back on here with the only community in the world that truly gets my bibliophile's soul! 🤗

So, what's new? What's going on with Litsy itself? I think I've gotten more followers being away than being active. Is that telling me something? Lol. 👇🏻

MrBook I have tons and tons of stuff to share with you! And would you like to see the first pics of our new place? 😁 6y
Birdsong28 Yes!! Welcome back 😀📚📖 6y
LeahBergen They revamped the “people to follow” list! 😄 6y
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CandycaneBelle Welcome back!! 6y
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CSeydel But what are you having for dinner? 6y
squirrelbrain @CSeydel 🤣🤣 Welcome back @MrBook! 6y
kgriffith Welcome back! Yep, new suggested followers, and it isn‘t a static list. Still tweaking, but much improved we think! Also lots of good convos happening in Onward Litsy on fb as we get closer to some bigger changes. 6y
julesG Welcome back! We've missed you and @BookBabe! 6y
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Bklover Missed you both! 6y
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Sharpeipup That sounds like my life of late...Litsy does help! 6y
Caroline2 Yay!! 😀 welcome back! I‘ve missed your posts, esp your yummy looking dinners!! 😋 🥪 6y
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MicrobeMom
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What do you do for your elf on the shelf? This is my idea for a literary themed Elf of the shelf for my kids this year. I am not very creative but I can stick a new book in front of this guy each night! If you do anything creative, please tag me! I am always looking for ideas! #elfontheshelf #christmasseason #christmasiscoming

Amiable I'm so thankful my boys were too old by the time this tradition became a thing. I don't think I could have been that creative for an entire month! 6y
GingerAntics Stalking elves kind of freak me out. I'm glad I don't have kids come this time of year. I know people who outright refuse to do this. I don't blame them. It seems a little creepy. Then again, I know parents who decided they weren't doing the Santa thing, either. Their kids have known all along that they're the ones giving them presents. 6y
vkois88 🤔🤔🤔 What about different activities based on the book? Like... if the characters build a fort, make a tiny one and leave a little question about the chapter it was in, or if it's younger kids, ask them to make their own fort for him to find? Stuff like that? Or have him make miniatures of any treats that characters eat? If that makes sense... I'm not gonna lie to you, I don't do this or intend to do it for my LO. Not bc the thought of coming 6y
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vkois88 Up with ideas is taxing, though it totally is... but bc I find the elf to be totally creepy. There's just something about him. 6y
MicrobeMom @vkois88 thanks for all the great idea. My problem is I get exhausted trying to keep up every night! The elf is way creepy but kids love him. They screamed with joy when they saw him this morning! 6y
MicrobeMom @Amiable it is diffuse. I have a hard enough of time remembering to move him. We will see how this book thing works out. 6y
MicrobeMom @GingerAntics agree if to totally freaky. I refused for year but gave in two years ago! The kids just love it! 6y
vkois88 Awww ❤ as long as they enjoy it!! 6y
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Purpleness
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Perhaps, like all stories, what Uncle Mahmoud‘s recollections were saying was: “I exist.” #passportlitsy #Libya

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Purpleness
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Finally getting back to #passportlitsy

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Becker
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I have always been interested in the idea of Revolution. How far do people have to be pushed before they are willing to risk their lives in order to take control back from an oppressive leader. This book deals with the horrors of the Qaddafi years in Libya and I am very moved by what these people lived through.

BarbaraBB Sounds interesting. Stacked! 6y
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Vansa
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Vansa
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Absolutely Heart breaking when one thinks of the state of Libya now.

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Vansa
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Heart breaking. And also a testament to the human spirit.

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Vansa
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Such beautiful writing.

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rachaich
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I'm uncertain how I felt about this one. I appreciated the writing, and the account itself. I found it awkward to keep track of when and who was being written about. However, this is possibly my fault as I was reading quickly.

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rachaich
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After reading the opening pages of three other books, I finally settled on this one. I've no idea of the background or details so all very unknown.

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roneea
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I'm in Greece and I'm sick :(
My partner has been bringing me tsoureki (sweet bread) with nutella and medication while I binge read/watch. Here's hoping nutella cures me!

Simona Nutella is cure for everything 🤞👍 Take care 😘 7y
Redwritinghood Hope you recover quickly! 7y
roneea @Simona nutella worked (plus a dose of antibiotics)! 7y
roneea @Redwritinghood I'm cured, thank you! I've made a record recovery and didn't mind two days in bed reading 😉 7y
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nadine_swartz
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An excellent book and audio book performance by the author. A 2017 Pulitzer prize winner to boot.

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Schlinkles
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This was an absolutely beautiful and compelling memoir. Loved the writing and learning about some history that I didn‘t know much about.

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Schlinkles
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Need to have this finished for Tuesday evening and just getting started now...#lifegetsinthewayofreadingsometimes

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Abailliekaras
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Hisham Matar's beautiful book about missing his father, who is missing. #MissYou #Rocktober

Cinfhen Well done 🙌🏻I couldn't get through this book ~ I think it was just bad timing...it was a library book and I had to return it... 7y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen it was a little slow I agree. He is so gracious though. 7y
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vlwelser
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Quote of the day. 💖📖 And this book is excellent so far. I love non-fiction when the story is well told and entertaining.

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Abailliekaras
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A moving story of life in exile from Libya and coping with his father being kidnapped and taken to prison. The uncertainty, which leads to question after question about life before the kidnapping and the state of qadaffi's Libya that led up to the disappearance.The opacity & lawlessness reminded me of stories from Russia & China. I love Matar's writing & this is an important book. I found it slow but poignant as he searches for answers.

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Abailliekaras
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So lovely to hear Hisham Matar speak tonight, thoughtful and gracious with a sense of humour.

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Abailliekaras
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This book is amazing and I can't wait to meet Hisham Matar tomorrow night. Reading time curtailed this weekend with my sister's 40th at our house, but I thought this serving board was apropos for this story of exile & life across #farflung countries... #MayBookFlowers day 28.

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BookGoGo
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Using the public holiday here in Aus to do some cheeky sewing for the shop while listening to The Return on audio. Good day all round... link updated http://etsy.me/2pvgtBx #bookgogo #booksleeve #protectyourbook #booksleeves #bookcover

Michelle_mck Love ❤️ 7y
Sue Looks awesome! 7y
tpixie That's a cute one! Size?? 7y
BookGoGo @tpixie this one is a small - the link is updated / this size holds trade paperbacks comfortably (edited) 7y
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Michelle_mck
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May have just purchased this #booksleeves because it matches 2 books on my May TBR. I'm maybe the makers daughter but you can only get so many freebies, still one in stock if you love it like I do! https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/totesaGoGo?ref=s2-header-shopname #bookgogo

BookishMarginalia Love it! 7y
DGRachel I love that it has a flap to keep the book from sliding out! 7y
Michelle_mck @DGRachel it's what I love so much about them, there were a few prototypes (I got them for Christmas) and this was my fav, makes them secure and takes her a bit more time but keeps the book snug as a bug 7y
minkyb I love the fabric choices for the flaps! 7y
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BookMusings
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Wow I've read all three of these, plus the winners in fiction and nonfiction.

I kind of feel well read right now! 😂

#pulitzerprize

BookMusings As a side note, I actually feel like the finalists were more engaging than the winner in this case. The winner here is defs my least fave of the three. 7y
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"When your father has been made to disappear for nineteen years, your desire to find him is equalled by your fear of finding him. You are the scene of a shameful private battle."

A beautifully written and important memoir about a son searching for his imprisoned father in their homeland of Libya. Timely and highly recommended.

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Corkan
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"The country that separates fathers and sono has disoriented many travelers. It is very easy to get lost here. Telemachus, Edgar, Hamlet, and countless others sons, their private dramas ticking away in the silent hours, have sailed so far out in the uncertain distance between past and present that they seem adrift."

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Corkan
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In the beginning I tought "Oh no a boring story of memory set in an esotic atmosphere, with interminable nostalgic lines about the taste of the author mother's food". I was wrong, because soon the became a universal one, full of meanings and in which any other father-son relationship can mirror itself, even if far less tragic than his.

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Niso
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Wonderful personal account of being victimised by dictatorship and immorality of power and politics. Hisham Matar prose is superb and touching without being overly dramatic.

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MooseGurl
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Terrifying and beautiful. One man's search for his dissident father who was silenced and imprisoned during Qaddafi's regime should serve as a lesson to us all.

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Niso
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Knowing a book by heart is like carrying a house inside your chest.

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Jdscott50
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#libfaves16 #1 A Libyan dissident, Jaballa Matar was arrested by the Egyptian government and turned over to Qaddafi. His whereabouts were unknown. When he loses contact, the situation turns into an obsession. What happened to his father? Matar would spend over twenty years trying to find him. With the fall of the Qaddafi regime, he gets no resolution. In the end, he must accept the inevitable without any proof of what happened.

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charl08
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None are more precious than books.

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charl08
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'...he was a writer responding to ghosts and to history. Then at some point a crack opened and politics seeped in."

I always think poppies are a ghostly flower. I'm not convinced my first attempts at PhotoshopMix attempts show this though.

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charl08
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the days complicated my nights

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charl08
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The postcard is from a creative arts project working with people with dementia. Strange to read such a mournful book joyfully?