Courtesy of: The Guardian

Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar is a Libyan American writer.

He was born in 1970 in New York City and is of Libyan descent. Hisham has written critically acclaimed works such as his memoir The Return (2016) and In the Country of Men (2006), which was published in 30 languages. He teaches literature and Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, and he is the founder of the Barnard International Artist Series, a forum inviting artists to share and discuss their work. 

Before his rise to fame, Hisham received his Master of Arts degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Throughout his career, Hisham received the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the Rathbones Folio Prize, recognition in The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2016, and a fellowship from the Royal Society of Literature. 


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