In the Country of Men

Author(s): Hisham Matar


This book is short-listed for both the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and published here as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Nine-year-old Suleiman is just awakening to the wider world beyond the games on the hot pavement outside his home and beyond the loving embrace of his parents. He becomes the man of the house when his father goes away on business, but then he sees his father, standing in the market square in a pair of dark glasses. Suddenly the wider world becomes a frightening place where parents lie and questions go unanswered. Suleiman turns to his mother, who, under the cover of night, entrusts him with the secret story of her childhood.


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Winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2014. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.

Hisham Matar was born in New York to Libyan parents and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. His debut novel In the Country of Men was published in twenty-eight languages and won numerous international prizes as well as being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published in 2011 to rave reviews from authors such as Michael Frayn and Roddy Doyle.

General Fields

  • : 9780241973622
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : August 2015
  • : 181mm X 111mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : Paperback
  • : Hisham Matar