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Hisham Matar


Born in New York in 1970 to Libyan parents he spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo.

In 1986 he moved to London where he completed his higher studies and obtained a degree in architecture from Goldsmiths College.

In 2006 he published his first novel In the country of men (Italian translation: Nessuno al mondo, 2006) which received great public and critical acclaim, was selected for the Man Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Award for Europe and South Asia (2007), the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje (2007), the Gregor von Rezzori Award (2007) and the Flaiano International Award (2007). In 2011 Anatomy of a Disappearance was released (Italian translation: Anatomia di una scomparsa, 2011) and later, in 2016, The return. Fathers, sons and the land between (Italian translation: Il ritorno. Padri, figli e la terra fra di loro, 2017) with which he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, the PEN / Jean Stein Book Award, the Folio Prize.

He is the author, together with the illustrator Gianluca Buttolo, of the children's book, Il libro di Dot (2017). His works are translated into thirty languages.

Matar collaborates with several international newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Asharq al-Awsat, Internazionale, The New Yorker.

He currently lives in London and teaches Professional Practice in Comparative Literature, Asia and Middle East Cultures, and English at Barnard College, Columbia University in the United States.


BIBLIOGRAPHY (Anglo-Italian)

In the Country of Men. London: Viking, 2006.
Nessuno al mondo. Torino: Einaudi, 2008.

Anatomy of a Disappearance. London: Viking, 2011.
Anatomia di una scomparsa. Torino: Einaudi, 2013.

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between. London: Viking, 2016.
Il Ritorno: Padri, figli e la terra fra di loro. Torino: Einaudi, 2017.

Il libro di Dot. Milano: ReNoir Comics, 2017.

A Month in Siena. London: Viking, 2019.

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