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.
Award winning author Hisham Matar, a Libyan himself, is all too familiar with what’s going on in Libya – the fear and caution of people who know that their every move is being watched by government informants. His book, In the Country of Men (published in 2007) reminds us that Libyans have had to put up with this situation for nearly half a century.