After the Revolutions: Arab Memory and Bewilderment

15 February 2017  6:30pm – 9pm 


SOAS, University of London

Alumni Lecture Theatre in the Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)



In the BRISMES Annual Lecture, prize-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar will offer a literary response to the present, reflecting on the seismic shifts experienced in the Arab region. He will be looking back, as well as casting forward towards shared yearnings for the future, the hopes and fears it engenders, and what this might reveal about the current imagination.

This year’s Annual Lecture is held in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and will be followed by a drinks reception.

About Hisham Matar

Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and won numerous international prizes, including: the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Commonwealth First Book Award, the Premio Flaiano and the Premio Gregor von Rezzori. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to great acclaim in 2011. His latest book, The Return(2016), has won The Slightly Foxed First Biography Prize, was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, and is currently on the shortlist for the Costa Biography Award. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. He lives in London and New York, where he is the Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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