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Opening Address: The Private Moment
Code: 5  |  Type: Address   |  Genres: Feminism, Fiction, Politics & Current Affairs
Tuesday, May 15 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Ticketed: $35/$25
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Hisham Matar
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Even private life is infiltrated by a totalitarian regime, says Libyan novelist Hisham Matar. To describe how people love differently under this situation is an act of resistance. In the 2012 Festival Opening Address, he speaks of our need to give the private moment its worth and shows us it is fiction that articulates these emotions best.

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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