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IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN

A Novel

By Hisham Matar

Narrated by Stephen Hoye

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Publication Date: 04/16/2007 Running Time: 8 hrs
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Synopsis

In the Country of Men is a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare. But above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace.

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"With so much horror to digest, Hoye wisely doesn't try to infuse childish ingenuousness into Suleiman's observations. An exceptional debut novel is given an intelligent, respectful reading." ---AudioFile

"Wonderfully original…. Brings to mind 1984 and Fahrenheit 451." ---New York Times Book Review

"This sad, beautiful novel captures the universal tragedy of children caught in their parents' terrors." ---The Washington Post Book World

"A poignant story of a child exposed too early to the brutalities of Libyan politics." ---J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Laureat

"A tender-hearted account, winning in its simplicity, of a childhood infected too soon by the darkness of adults." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Brilliant…. Matar wrests beauty from searing dread and loss." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Matar writes in a voice that shifts gracefully between the adult exile looking back and the young boy experiencing these events through his limited, confused point of view." ---The Washington Post

Summary

Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman's days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father's constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother's increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn't he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange building with the green shutters? Why did he lie?

Suleiman is soon caught up in a world he cannot hope to understand-where the sound of the telephone ringing becomes a portent of grave danger; where his mother frantically burns his father's cherished books; where a stranger full of sinister questions sits outside in a parked car all day; where his best friend's father can disappear overnight, next to be seen publicly interrogated on state television.

In the Country of Men is a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare. But above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace.


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HISTORYAfrica

In the Country of Men
 
 
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee

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