Barnard: RESCHEDULED Hisham Matar on "The Return"

Event date: 
12/01/2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join Book Culture and Barnard College on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30pm for a special conversation between friends and colleagues Professor Hisham Matar and Professor Rachel Eisendrath. In this conversation, the professors will discuss Matar’s award-winning new book, The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between. Reviewing it in The New York Times, Robyn Creswell wrote: “It seems unfair to call Hisham Matar’s extraordinary new book a memoir, since it is so many other things besides: a reflection on exile and the consolations of art, an analysis of authoritarianism, a family history, a portrait of a country in the throes of revolution, and an impassioned work of mourning.” This unique discussion will take us across disciplines and delve into key questions of hope, art, history and politics. A Q&A and book signing will follow the conversation.

Please note that the event will be filmed and space is limited. Seating will be on a first-come basis. Please arrive early, doors will close promptly at 6:30PM, to accommodate filming of the discussion. For additional information, please email

Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and won numerous international prizes, including: the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, the Premio Flaiano and the Premio Gregorvon Rezzori. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to great acclaim in 2011. His latest book, The Return, was published in 2016. Matar's work has been translated into 30 languages. He lives in London and New York.

Rachel Eisendrath is an assistant professor in the English Department at Barnard College and Chair of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program.


Event address: 
3009 Broadway
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor Barnard Hall
New York, NY 10027
The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between By Hisham Matar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812994827
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016