It slowly dawned on me that my life had got out of whack. A growing disconnect existed between what I thought, what I felt and my actions. And I have struggled ever since.
One of the Qaddafi regime's most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again.
But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he'd go back to again. The Return is the story of what he found there.
It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power.
Above all, it is a universal tale of loss and love and of one family's life. Hisham Matar asks the harrowing question: How does one go on living in the face of a loved one's uncertain fate?
Praise for The Return "[Matar] writes with both a novelist's eye for physical and emotional detail, and a reporter's tactile sense of place and time.
The Return is, at once, a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father's fate at the hands of a brutal dictatorship, and a son's efforts to come to terms with his father's ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence.
For all its terrible human drama. The crushing of hopes raised by the Arab spring--at both the personal and national levels--is conveyed all the more powerfully because Matar's anger remains controlled, his belief in humanity undimmed.
Although it filled me with rage again and again, I never lost sight of Matar's beautiful intelligence as he tried to get to the heart of the mystery.In "Narroondarie's Wives", 26 for example, Unaipon oscillates between Indigenous-mythic and Western-historical space and time.
Biblical, classical, ethnographic, scientific and historical elements are woven into the fabric of a traditional Ngarrindjeri story, which Unaipon tells in formal, educated English interspersed with Ngarrindjeri words.
Following on, ‘Cloudstreet‘ by the multi-award winning writer Tim Winton, written in and made into a TV mini series in tells the tale of two working class Australian families who come to live together over a period of 20 years. Chapter XVII - The Clouds Burst It looks like thing are coming to a head between the dwarves and elves and men.
Thorin is furious at Bilbo and things look dire until Gandalf steps in to tell them all of the impending arrival of a warlike group of goblins and wargs.
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - Cloudstreet by Tim Winton "A texts setting and structure will normally be used by writers to develop and convey its themes." The novel Cloudstreet, by Western Australian born novelist Tim Winton is essentially a story revolving around how two rural families have come to live together at number one Cloudstreet.
Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, and is the preeminent Australian novelist of his generation. He has written twenty books, including the bestselling novels Cloudstreet, The Riders (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), and Dirt Music.
Of the odd works of fiction I read in I'm going to name some favorites. I'm still working on Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station, we'll see if I have time to finish it.