Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar was born in New York to Libyan parents, grew up in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in England. His debut novel In the Country of Men won numerous international prizes.
What Language Do I Dream In?
Elena Lappin’s life as a multiple emigré could be described as ‘five languages in search of an author’. Russian, Czech, French, German, Hebrew and English – each language is a link to a different piece of her rich family mosaic. Triggered by the discovery of a biological father she never knew, Lappin’s memoir is the story of finding a voice in a language not one’s own, and a meditation on how language runs throughout memory and family history to form identity. She writes: ‘...