Men Who Tiptoe Into Their Marital Bedrooms: A Meditation on the Reality of the Novelist in a Time of Revolution
A lecture by Hisham Matar, Barnard College
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hisham Matar discusses what it means to be a novelist during the Arab Spring. Looking at some of the challenges this historically pivotal time places on the artist, he will make comparisons with other novelists whose work and life had been affected by dramatic changes in their countries.
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 shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won six international literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. It has been translated into twenty-six languages. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, has just been published. Matar lives in London, and serves as an associate professor at Barnard College in New York City.
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