The Tuareg: literature, language and culture
"The journey of the princess"
The term "Tuareg" refers to tribes and nomads who speak dialects of Tuareg and live in Targa, an area in south-west Libya recently renamed Wadi Al-Hayat but previously known as Wadi Ajal. By Mustafa Abdullah Abdulrahman Bashir
Interview with Libyan author Hisham Matar
″You can't turn back the clock″
London-based author Hisham Matar writes about the disappearance of his father, a member of the Libyan opposition who was kidnapped while exiled in Cairo and has never been seen since. In ″The Return″, Matar describes his own fruitless search to trace his father and Libya′s brief moment of hope following the fall of Gaddafi. Interview by Claudia Mende
Book review: Hisham Matar′s ″The Return″
A painful void
In his new memoir, "The Return", the writer Hisham Matar confronts the ghosts of his past: the disappearance of his father, the expropriation of his country's history and the shattered dream of a new Libya. Claudia Kramatschek read the book
Hisham Matar's Novel ''Anatomy of a Disappearance''
The Trauma of Loss
In his first novel, Libyan writer Hisham Matar addressed the impact that the trauma of the Gaddafi dictatorship had on his own family. His new book focuses on how a boy's life is overshadowed by the disappearance of his father. By Volker Kaminski
Libyan Writers in Exile
Active in Support of the Uprising
Due to the well-nigh total oppression of cultural life during 42 years of Gaddafi's dictatorship, Libyan literature has for decades been produced abroad. But with the uprising, everything has changed for them, too. Susannah Tarbush reports