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  • Published: 30 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241976135
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $19.99

The Return

Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between




An extraordinary memoir of a son's search for his father and the return to a homeland after decades of exile

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Return written and read by Hisham Matar.

Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time. In this heart-breaking, illuminating memoir he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again.

The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss. It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art. It's the story of what it is to be human.

  • Published: 30 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241976135
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Hisham Matar

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 the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book award for Europe and South Asia, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Hisham Matar lives in London.

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