Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. His first novel, In the Country of Men, was published in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US. The Return, his latest work of non-fiction, won a Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography.
In the Country of Men won six international literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Arab American Book Award. It has been translated into 28 languages. Anatomy of a Disappearance is his latest novel.
He lives in London.