From the Faculty Lounge: Art and Memoir

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Enjoy an intimate conversation between Hisham Matar,Hisham Matar, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and 2017 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Rachel Eisendrath as they discuss Matar’s newest book. Detailing Matar’s journey to his native Libya in search of answers on his father’s imprisonment and disappearance, The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between gives voice to someone who is not quite in the present, but not quite in the past. Matar, The Weiss International Fellow in Literature and the Arts and Adjunct Associate Professor in the English Department, reminisces with Eisendrath, Assistant Professor of English and Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, about his father and the journey he took searching for answers. This installment of “From the Faculty Lounge” delves into writing, parent/child relationships, and the literary elements found within The Return with an introduction by Provost Linda Bell.

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