Book Reading & Discussion: Hisham Matar, Author of In the Country of Men and Anatomy of Disappearance

Thu, December 8, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Introduction and Post Reading Discussion Moderated by Hala Halim

Free and Open to the Public

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won six international literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. It has been translated into twenty-six languages. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, has just been published. Matar lives in London, and serves as an associate professor at Barnard College in New York City.

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Hala Halim is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. Her research and teaching address a wide variety of issues, including contrasting accounts of heritage and urban spaces in relation to narratives of identity; translation studies and the practice of translation; questions of genre and "transculturation"; and comparative genealogies of cosmopolitanism. She has published on such subjects as the postcolonial redrawing of British educational policies in Egypt, the films of Youssef Chahine, E. M. Forster's Egyptian texts, and the translation and reception of Constantine P. Cavafy's poetry in Arabic. She is currently revising a manuscript entitled "The Alexandria Archive: An Archaeology of Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism" which identifies and critiques a Eurocentric, quasi-colonial paradigm of cosmopolitanism associated with Alexandria and seeks out alternative modes of inter-ethnic and inter-religious solidarity that speak to current postcolonial Middle Eastern imperatives. She has held an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA's Humanities Consortium, and her translation of a novel by Mohamed El-Bisatie, Clamor of the Lake, received an Egyptian State Incentive Award in 2006.


Alwan's Literary Programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Last updated: 2011-12-03 18:51:24

Hisham Matar (Photo © Diana Matar:
Hisham Matar (Photo © Diana Matar:
In the Country of Men
In the Country of Men
Anatomy of Disappearance
Anatomy of Disappearance

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