In the Country of Men (2007) "I am recalling now that last summer before I was sent away," begins In the Country of Men , Hisham Matar's forceful debut. "It was… 2007-01-30 Fiction Dial Press
Book Review

In the Country of Men (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 30, 2007; Writer: Hisham Matar; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Dial Press

''I am recalling now that last summer before I was sent away,'' begins In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar's forceful debut. ''It was 1979, and the sun was everywhere. Tripoli lay brilliant and still beneath it.'' The narrator, Suleiman, remembers clearly his final weeks as a 9-year-old in Gaddafi's Libya: shopping with his mom, gorging on mulberries, waiting for the return of his beloved dad — from work, a business trip, and, finally, captivity. In limpid prose, Matar captures an ordinary, sometimes craven boy caught up in a political nightmare, and the poignant grown-up nostalgia for the certainties and security of a childhood cut abruptly short. A-

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints