Date: October 17 @ 6:45 pm
Followed by supper in the dining room at 8-15pm
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
“In the Country of Men understands that love – despite betrayal, grief, mistrust, rage, political terror – nevertheless remains love.” — Anne Michaels
In this gripping semi-autobiographical novel by Libyan exile Hisham Matar, the narrator recalls the summer of 1979 in Tripoli, when he was a nine-year-old boy and his life was changed forever by the repressive regime of Colonel Gaddafi’s revolutionary government. As his father secretly plots to overthrow the regime, and his mother, who was brutally forced into a child marriage, numbs her pain with illegal alcohol, Suleiman finds himself caught up in a treacherous world that he cannot hope to understand and is himself inadvertently drawn into acts of betrayal.
On its publication in 2006 The New York Times told its readers not to think of this novel as a Libyan ‘Kite Runner’ – that it was a much more impressive read. Matar has written not just a story about a troubled country, but also a beautifully nuanced tale of the complexity of family relationships and the painful vulnerabilities of childhood.