Hisham Matar, Libyan author, associate professor at Barnard College in New York City and distinguished visiting professor at AUC delivered a lecture titled "Men Who Tiptoe into their Marital Bedrooms: The Novelist and Dictatorship." In the lecture, Matar discussed what it means to be a novelist during the Arab Spring and made comparisons with other novelists whose work has been affected by dramatic changes in their respective countries. 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 published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published in 2011.
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