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Anatomy of a Disappearance Nuri Is A Young Boy When His Mother Dies It Seems That Nothing Will Fill The Emptiness That Her Strange Death Leaves Behind In The Cairo Apartment He Shares With His Father Until Mona When Nuri First Sees Mona, Sitting In Her Bright Yellow Swimsuit By The Pool Of The Magda Marina Holiday Resort, The Rest Of The World Vanishes But It Is Nuri S Father With Whom Mona Falls In Love And Who She Will Eventually Marry And Their Happiness Consumes Nuri To The Point Where He Longs To Get His Father Out Of The Way However, Nuri Will Soon Regret What He Wished For And, As He And His Stepmother S World Is Shattered By Events Beyond Their Control, They Both Begin To Realise How Little They Really Knew About The Man They Loved In A Voice That Is Delicately Wrought And Beautifully Tender, Hisham Matar Asks, In His Extraordinary New Novel, When A Loved One Disappears How Does Their Absence Shape The Lives Of Those Who Are Left


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    Nuri is eight when his mother dies A few years later at a resort where he is staying with his father, he meets Mona, a woman eleven years his elder, who he develops a fascination with that last years His father, an ex finance minister, whose life is in danger after Gaddafi takes control of his country, had already moved his family to Cairo He will marry Mona to give the young Nuri a mother He will eventually be disappeared, whereabouts unknown and Nuri will spend his life wondering what has happened to his father.After recently reading this author non fiction book The Return Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, I realize this his second novel is partly autobiographical In The Return, a now grown man tries to find the father who was disappeared, traveling to Libya and reconnecting with the family he has left there In this novel, a young man will attempt to make sense of his Father s disappearance as well as trying to live a life with unanswered questions He will learn much about his father but not exactly what happened to him nor where he is being kept or even if he is still alive This is of course a poignant search since it is partly based on reality I have come to love this author s sparse writing style Clear cut, straightforward, no words wasted yet still manages to convey much A young boy growing up, going through all the things a young boy will go through while having this big hole in his life.


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    NESSUNO AL MONDO Nuri, l io narrante di questo romanzo, racconta la sua vita tra gli otto e i 25 anni.Ma se adesso dovessi descriverlo, dire perch si comporta come si comporta, cosa sente a parte la lapalissiana mancanza del padre , non ci riuscirei, andrei un po di qua e un po di l , farei confusione e non saprei centrare il fulcro.Non avrei pi successo con Mona, oppure provando a descrivere il grande assente, il padre.Men che meno con la madre morta.Forse, mi andrebbe meglio con Naima, ma solo perch un personaggio monodimensionale.Nuri spesso sbilanciato a soli 14 anni gi troppo grande nella sua ossessione erotica per Mona, che suo padre sposer presto in seconde nozze e da adulto invece spesso immaturo, fragile e senza determinazione.Naima ha la stessa et di Mona, anzi, forse addirittura un anno in meno certo la prima serva e la seconda padrona, per cui l et portata in ben diverso modo ma strano che Matar non si soffermi almeno una volta a rifletterci.Il padre quasi uno stereotipo cinematografico, un po come Mona sembrano personaggi presi dal cinema degli anni Cinquanta Che fa Kamal Pasha, qual la sua attivit Cosa gli davvero successo Com morta la madre di Nuri E come ha fatto Nuri a trasformare la vita in collegio dal tormento dei primi tempi al diletto degli ultimi Sono tante le cose che restano non dette, segrete Troppi misteri Reticenza La mia impressione che l aspetto fortemente autobiografico abbia giocato un tiro a Hisham Matar per cercare la giusta distanza andato troppo lontano, risultando freddo, perdendo emozione.Ha messo in piedi un ottima atmosfera, evocativa fatta di nebbie e foschia, anche nel sole sfavillante dell Egitto anche quando appare per la prima volta Mona nel suo costume giallo, vince l indecisione e l evanescenza.Certo, un libro che affronta una scomparsa l affronta addirittura attraverso un anatomia E allora, il freddo viene forse dal tavolo dedicato alle anatomie Oppure che la realt supera la finzione e ha ben maggiore impatto Il padre di Hisham Matar fu effettivamente rapito dai servizi segreti egiziani e consegnato a Gheddafi, del quale era oppositore, e fu chiuso in prigione, per quanto tempo si sono perse le tracce venti e passa anni ancora vivo che cosa gli successo Si pu dire che HM possiede il dono per trasmettere assenza e desiderio, sa costruire con prosa asciutta un ambiente fatto di sogno sembra quasi che voglia porsi come ponte tra la cultura araba, di origine, e quella anglossassone, che lo ha accolto Matar scrive in inglese.In un romanzo costellato di epifanie, rivelazioni, agnizioni, la cosa che mi davvero chiara che la scomparsa non riguarda solo il padre, ma anche il figlio la vita del giovane si persa insieme a quella dell adulto.L immagine di copertina sul libro di Hisham Matar del 2016, pubblicato in Italia quest anno da Einaudi, Il ritorno, padri, figli e la terra fra di loro


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    I was fascinated with this spare yet elegantly written coming of age novel because so much of the story parallels the author, Hisham Matar s own life In this semi autobiographical story, Nuri, a young boy of 14 years, loses his father a diplomat and dissident living in political exile in Egypt when he is suddenly abducted and disappeared by some unnamed foreign government The novel recounts the next 10 years of Nuri s life as he uncovers pieces of his father s mysterious past and attempts to come to terms with the knowledge that he may be gone for good.Hisham Matar based this novel on much of his own personal experiences His father was kidnapped from the family home in Cairo and then handed over and imprisoned by the Libyan Gadhafi regime Except for one letter smuggled out in 1995, he was never heard from again.In this story, details of the political plot and Nuri s father s whereabouts were purposely obscure as I feel they should be in order to mirror this author s personal angst and lack of closure when his own father was kidnapped and permanently disappeared from his young life I love this kind of writing spare with no fillers I was absolutely captivated by this lyrical and sometimes surreal gem of a story.


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    My father is a quite type, you will always see him sitting in a sofa watching television or sitting in the near bench He never cared of his surroundings or maybe I m too heartless to share his feelings I live with that kind of situation and never regret that I have a father like him I lived closely with my mom and siblings and if you ask me, I used to having my mom at my side than sitting with my quite father Anatomy of Disappearance is written by Hisham Matar, a Libyan author and shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Price Award with his first novel In the Country of Men I m so excited to read this book because this is my first time to encounter a Libyan author living in London to write and exploring new authors is my hobby Attention, I did not read his first book although I read that this book had similarities with the first one, and I m interested to read it soon.The Anatomy of Disappearance is a story of a young boy looking for his lost father for 10 years He doesn t have any idea where he goes or what really happened to him He died or maybe escaped from his real situation, his father is such a mystery and long lost secret will reveal in the eye of an innocent young boy Nuri s mother died in his early years and he lived with her stepmother Mona and fall in love in an imperfect situation.Speculation of the death is still unclear and it hangs open in the end Kamal Pasha el Alfi is the ex minister of his time, one of the powerful political icons and become the right hand of their leader Unfortunately, things become unclear and concluded that he died mysteriously This time, Nuri lost his father when he needed attention from him Whatever happens, it is up to you, readers to entangle the ribbon.This is a very interesting book this can be categorized as young adult to support the development of the characters when he was still young till he is old enough to learn his lesson by leaving the dead and to share life with the living This book is well written and the English might be hard for readers as it represents the ways by speaking of the Arabs He also included words, Hindu, that is very rare for me that I have to reread it again and again.This book also repeated parts of it, he keep on repeating the situation every chapter For example the death of his mother, he mentioned it till the middle of the book or maybe he is hiding the mystery of his parents and so on But what make this book special to me Giving it higher than what I thought It is because, the lesson learned and depicts in the end is valuable than the other.You need patience and than that to finish this book This is not as boring as what you guys thought, but this is on the literary part of the story But for me, the long journey with Nuri and his soul searching adventure is a fun read with me Knowing people should be content what he had in his life, people died and people stay and we learned lessons from them The setting of the story was in Cairo and some part of English land I can still remember the part where his father mentioned their place that they can see the pyramids outside their mansion or maybe a simple house It was so beautiful that I want to visit the place. Thank you to NetGalley again for sharing this book and to venture new authors and lastly, super thanks to Random House Publishing Group for accepting my request.Review posted on Old Fashioned Reader.Rating Anatomy of a Disappearance a Novel by Hisham Matar, 4 SweetsChallenges Book 235 for 2011


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    Is it possible to be enthralled by the writing and yet left wanting by the story of a book Of course it is and that s what happened for me with Anatomy of a Disappearance The story centers around Nuri, who is twelve years old when his mother dies Within a year, his father has remarried a younger woman, Mona Nuri has complicated feelings about that, at least partially related to his jealousy of his father because of his own crush on Mona Everything changes, though, when Nuri s father is abducted while they are on vacation in Geneva The circumstances surrounding the abduction where he was taken from and why he was there, why he was taken, what happens now are all part of what Nuri wants to know However, Nuri is still just a kid attending boarding school in England and is limited in how he can follow up on those mysteries Also limiting him is the tendency of everyone around him to avoid his questions, or answer with half truths Reading this book is a sensual experience Descriptions abound of small details the quality of light, sounds, smells Nuri is a keen observer of all those things, but he doesn t quite understand people, even by the end of the book, by which time he is twenty four I wanted resolution on some threads but realize that the book s scope is the aftermath of the disappearance, and often in real life we don t get all the answers we want Nuri s experience is defined by the fact that he s only left with the space his father should have filled and only able to examine the edges of his father s existence Nevertheless, while I enjoyed the experience of reading the book, I can t say I felt satisfied by it.Recommended for people who enjoy beautiful writing, orphans, people who went to boarding school.Quote So old and persistent did Mother s unhappiness seem that I had never stopped to ask its true cause Nothing is acceptable than that which we are born into.


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