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Hisham Matar was born in New York City in 1970 into a Libyan family. He has lived in Tripoli, Libya, and Cairo, Egypt, and in 1986 moved to the UK. His first novel, In the Country of Men, which explored his years of growing up and the kidnapping of his father by the Libyan authorities, was shortlisted for the 2006 UK Booker Prize. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, is published in March 2011, and excerpted in Banipal 40 – Libyan Fiction. He writes in Arabic and in English.