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Hisham Matar
Code: 57  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction
Thursday, May 17 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Hisham Matar, Suzanne Leal (facilitator)
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Libyan novelist Hisham Matar, whose father was kidnapped 20 years ago and remains missing today, explores the themes of loss and longing in his fiction, describing his work as an act of resistance. Here, he talks to Suzanne Leal about the Man Booker short-listed In the Country of Men and his most recent novel Anatomy of a Disappearance.

Supported by Middletons.

Hisham Matar (International)

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 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US. It won six international literary awards including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into 28 languages.

Supported by the British Council.

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Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal practised criminal law before being appointed to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal. She is a facilitator and interviewer at literary events and functions and has been a regular legal commentator on ABC Radio 702. She has also been a judge for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature. Her novel, Border Street, is the story of the unlikely friendship between a young Australian woman and her Czech-Jewish neighbours.

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