He travelled to Spain, to settle for a month in the town Siena. He finished a book, read about issues in the history of the town. What else did Hisham Matar, who hails from Libya, in this year 2018? Read his list in this article. Advertisements
The title of this article is an interesting one. Many readers are familiar with books written by British and North American writers. But what about books in Hungarian or Japanese or Arabic or Swahili or isiZulu? Do writers who use English as their first language in writing have an advantage? Hisham Matar talks about this … Continue reading International literature is hugely underrated, while English books are often overrated
The followers of this blog who live in Washington (The United States of America) will have the opportunity to meet the writer Hisham Matar who will talk about his latest book, concerning the disappearance of his father, a Libyan. The meeting will be moderated by the British writer Aminatta Forna, she will have a moderating … Continue reading In Conversation with Hisham Matar
What is your idea about the work of a writer? Not the product at the end of a long process, but his day to day work. Will the writer wake up early and sit at the desk, after a frugal breakfast? Will the writer reach his goal of two thousand words a day? Or 50 … Continue reading If I wake up at an early hour
The Libya-born writer Hisham Matar is hitting the literary headlines. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner and now he has won the Folio Prize for his book The Return. In this book he returns to his birthland Libya in search of his missing father. Read about it here.
Lybia is a hard place. A history of difficult policies and politicians. A history of silencing dissent. A history of a leader who tried to be leading Africa by dibursing money and his brand of islam. I once drove past the mosque in Lampala (Uganda) that was financed by the man with the green book. … Continue reading libya’s reluctant spokesman