Hisham Matar

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Hisham Matar on how the Black Death changed art forever
After the plague, death became a silent companion for Renaissance artists. Hisham Matar recalls a month in Siena, exploring love, loss, mortality and art

Hisham Matar

06, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

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How to be hopeful: Hisham Matar on the surprising lessons of silence
The entire history of literature is a noble failure, says the novelist, a beautiful, heroic attempt to say something more lucid than what goes unsaid

Hisham Matar

17, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar review – art, love and loss
A Pulitzer-winning memoirist explores the life and art of Siena, as he comes to terms with the death of his Lybian father

PD Smith

09, Nov, 2019 @12:01 PM

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Hisham Matar: ‘Writing is both the easiest and the most difficult thing’
The Libyan prize-winning author on how art helped him cope with his father’s disappearance – and the joys of Proust

Lisa O’Kelly

19, Oct, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Fatima Bhutto: ‘David Foster Wallace on David Lynch is pretty funny’
The novelist on admiring Maggie Nelson and Rachel Kushner, and being irritated by William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

Fatima Bhutto

26, Apr, 2019 @8:59 AM

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Top 10 books about Americans abroad
Writers from Joan Didion to James Baldwin complicate the traditionally white and male tales of wide-eyed innocents at large

Ian MacKenzie

15, Aug, 2018 @10:46 AM

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Hisham Matar: International literature is hugely underrated, while English books are often overrated
The British-Libyan writer on an uncensored Arabian Nights, why Proust makes you feel smarter – and the diaries of a pianist that changed his life

Hisham Matar

20, Apr, 2018 @9:00 AM

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The Guardian view on non-fiction and fiction: quality is the issue | Editorial
Editorial: In the hierarchies of literary praise there has often been an unspoken understanding that novelists are somehow more deserving of acclaim than writers of non-fiction. This has to change


26, May, 2017 @5:32 PM

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Folio prize goes to Hisham Matar's memoir The Return
Acclaimed account of the author’s journey home to Libya in search of his missing father’s story is the first nonfiction book to win the £20,000 prize

Danuta Kean

24, May, 2017 @6:45 PM

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Philippe Sands uses book prize to raise £60,000 for charity
After the winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford award announced plans to give away £30,000 award, other parties have more than matched it

Danuta Kean

08, Dec, 2016 @4:59 PM

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Best books of 2016 – part two
Paula Hawkins reflects on guilt, Jackie Kay seeks hope post-Brexit, and David Nicholls is lured into the lonely city … writers pick their best books of 2016

27, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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Best books of 2016 – part one
From Zadie Smith’s Swing Time to horror in the Highlands and a brief history of tomorrow ... writers choose their best reads of 2016

26, Nov, 2016 @8:00 AM

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