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8 popular libyan books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Libya. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
Description:
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness that her strange death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father. Until Mona. When Nuri first sees Mona, sitting in her bright yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina holiday resort, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri's father with whom Mona falls in love and who she will eventually marry. And their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he longs to get his father out of the way. However, Nuri will soon regret what he wished for. And, as he and his stepmother's w... continue

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In the Country of Men : A Novel by Hisham Matar EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
Description:
Libya, 1979. Nine-year-old Suleiman’s days are circumscribed by the narrow rituals of childhood: outings to the ruins surrounding Tripoli, games with friends played under the burning sun, exotic gifts from his father’s constant business trips abroad. But his nights have come to revolve around his mother’s increasingly disturbing bedside stories full of old family bitterness. And then one day Suleiman sees his father across the square of a busy marketplace, his face wrapped in a pair of dark sunglasses. Wasn’t he supposed to be away on business yet again? Why is he going into that strange build... continue


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Solo en el mundo by Hisham Matar ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
Description:
Con el telón de fondo de la vida en Trípoli durante los primeros tiempos de Gaddafi, Hisham Matar ha escrito un emocionante retrato de un niño, cuya mirada inocente va descubriendo las luces y las sombras de un país que despierta a la cruda realidad de los conflictos y tensiones generados durante décadas de plácido letargo. Considerada por The Times «uno de los más brillantes debuts literarios de años recientes», Solo en el mundo ha sido finalista del Premio Man Booker —distinción nunca antes conseguida por una primera novela— y se traducirá a veinte idiomas. Con nueve años de edad, Solimán em... continue

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The Return : Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
Description:
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES' TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016 The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's memoir isn't just about the burden of the past, but the conso... continue

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The Slave Yards : A Novel by Najwa Bin Shatwan EN

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Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
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Set in late nineteenth-century Benghazi, Najwa Bin Shatwan’s powerful novel tells the story of Atiqa, the daughter of a slave woman and her white master. We meet Atiqa as a grown woman, happily married with two children and working. When her cousin Ali unexpectedly enters her life, Atiqa learns the true identity of her parents, both long deceased, and slowly builds a friendship with Ali as they share stories of their past. We learn of Atiqa’s childhood, growing up in the “slave yards,” a makeshift encampment on the outskirts of Benghazi for Black Africans who were brought to Libya as slaves. A... continue


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Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda, Adriana Hunter EN

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Country: Africa / Libya flag Libya
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This title provides a fascinating portrait of a pre-Gaddafi society on the verge of change. Tripoli in the 1960. A sweltering, segregated society. Hadachinou is a lonely boy. His mother shares secrets with her best friend Jamila while his father prays at the mosque. Sneaking through the sun drenched streets of Tripoli, he listens to the whispered stories of the women. He turns into an invisible witness to their repressed desires while becoming aware of his own.


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