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Jan 09, 2024 | ISBN 9780812994841

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“Riveting and humane . . . At the core of My Friends is a powerful juxtaposition of loneliness and camaraderie, self-reliance and dependence, which defines the outline of exile. . . .”—The Atlantic
“A profound celebration of the sustaining power of friendship, of the ways we mold ourselves against the indentations of those few people whom fate presses against us.”—The Washington Post
“A masterly literary meditation on [Matar’s] lifelong themes.”—The New York Times
“Such a success . . . My Friends is a significant novel, whose ambition and range are indicated by its long opening sentence, which winds between past and present.”—Financial Times
“Matar weighs . . . complexities with tremendous sensitivity, and My Friends is not only indispensable for a full understanding of Libyan émigrés but is, more generally, a great novel of exile.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Dazzling . . . a personal, deeply felt work . . . tightly structured and controlled, looping back and forth through time and memory, building on itself in a process of gradual expansion and revelation.”—Toronto Star

“Hisham Matar is one of our greatest writers. How lucky we are to be in his midst.”—Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the Booker Prize

“Hisham Matar’s My Friends recounts an exile’s life shattered by violence, yet sustained, fiercely if complicatedly, by friendship. An unforgettable novel—wise, urgent, and profound—from one of our era’s great writers.”—Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children

My Friends is a brilliant novel about innocence and experience, about friendship, family, and exile. It makes clear, once more, that Hisham Matar is a supremely talented novelist.”—Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author of The Magician

My Friends is Matar’s most political novel, but also an intimate meditation on friendship and love and everything in between. It is deeply affecting, generous and wise, and all these virtues come in writing of extraordinary elegance, with one of those voices that you want to listen to for the rest of your life.”—Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling

My Friends is quite possibly Hisham Matar’s best work yet, and that’s saying something. A quiet detonation of a novel, this masterful inquiry into the nature of friendship, exile and place is not so much to be read as lived through. The depth of thought, the unflinchingly honest confrontation with loss and longing, is there on every page, in every moment. Very few writers alive can converse with negative space the way Matar does, and My Friends is stunning, beautiful proof.”—Omar El Akkad, author of American War

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