Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was published in 2006 and won six international literary awards. His new novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance is due to be released in the US in August. Matar chaired the 2011 Caine Prize judging panel and shares his thoughts on the experience.
Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is about a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor, and was published in Kenya, East Africa in 2003.
The story begins with a missile attack on a plane, that kills two presidents. The seemingly calculated attack unleashes a chain of tragic events in Rwanda, culminating into one of the world’s most harrowing tales of genocide and ethno-violence.