The Return book by Libyan writer Hisham Matar wins US PEN Literary Award

  • Libyan Express |
  • Saturday 1 April 2017

The Return book for the Libyan writer, Hisham Matar, won the US PEN Literary Award ($75.000).

The Arabic version of the English-written “The Return” book will soon be published in Arabic by Al-Shurooq Publishing House.

“The Return book is a fantastic book about love and family as well as the crippling loss and loss of hope due to an oppressor regime.” The BEN critics’ review said.

The Return won “Prix du Livre Etranger” (Foreign Book Prize) for 2017 in France for his book in January this year.

This new prize is the third one obtained by Matar for the same book as he won the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, awarded at the Biographers’ Club prize dinner on November 15th, 2016, at the Savile Club in London.


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