Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar’s The Return, a memoir, came out in 2016. His most recent book is A Month in Siena.

Diary: Writing with the Horror

Hisham Matar, 18 May 2017

In November​, a few days after Donald Trump won the presidential election, I flew to Arkansas to give a reading at the Fayetteville Public Library. I landed just before sunset. The earth was the colour of rust, the trees fiery with the end of autumn and the cattle, which grazed with seemingly no movement at all, were black. I didn’t know anyone there. A Libyan friend had written to...

All fathers‚Äč are unknowable to their sons but some are more mysterious than others. The Victorian stereotype was a whiskered patriarch behind a study door, the son, barred from entry, tiptoeing...

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