In the Country of Men

in-the-country-of-men-coverHisham Matar

A multi-layered, atmospheric novel about a little boy in Kadhafi’s Libya who witnesses very upsetting political and personal events and has to deal with them even though he is so young. Caught between a mother whose malady he just begins to understand and an absentee father with secret political activities, the boy struggles to understand what is happening around him, but is submerged in a world of intrigue and betrayal, including his own ones.
This is a very interior look at what it is to live in a dictatorship through the lens of a small boy left on his own and made to make choices at a much too early age. He ultimately learns that it is not easy to live in the country of men