Regret can be outgrown

In the Country of Men
By Hisham Matar
Fiction, 2006

Matar’s novel makes 1979 Libya a real and frightening place, before The Guide, aka Qaddafi, becomes a cartoonish international villain during the 80s. Suleiman must grapple with a depressed mother and her unwanted marriage just as his father’s activism leads to further tragedy. A poignant read.

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