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In the Country of Men

Jun 15, 2012 — Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is on a journey from Carthage to Cairo. Here are two reading lists that will make his adventure a literary one.
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Jun 14, 2012 — To many, life in North Africa has long seemed dominated by dictatorships. Hosam Aboul-Ela shatters this portrait with three books that display a vibrant society present despite extreme oppression. Has a book ever changed your conception of a region or culture? Tell us in the comments.
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Apr 28, 2011 — Writer Hisham Matar, who was nominated for the Booker Prize for his book, In The Country of Men, speaks with Renee Montagne about writing and fiction in an unstable Libya.
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Apr 1, 2008 — The BPP book club spent the month of March reading Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men. Now it's time for you, dear listeners, to weigh in with thoughts, comments and questions for the author.
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Feb 29, 2008 — Writer Sarah Goodyear welcomes you to the Bryant Park Project Book Club. In March, we'll be reading Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men.
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Feb 22, 2007 — Hisham Nitar's semi-autobiographical debut novel In the Country of Men was short-listed for the 2006 Mann Booker Prize. Matar was born in New York City in 1970 to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli, Libya, and later in Cairo, Egypt. He has lived in Great Britain since 1986. Matar's father, a critic of the Libyan regime, was arrested in 1990. Matar has been unable to find out what happened to him.
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Feb 11, 2007 — Hisham Matar fled Libya in the 1970s as a 9-year-old boy. This week, he releases his debut novel, In the Country of Men, a story told through the eyes of a Libyan boy. Like Matar, the boy's father is a political dissident hunted down by the Libyan government.
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