Hisham Matar, Adonis Big Winners at 2017 PEN America Literary Awards

The new PEN/Nabokov Award was given for a body of work “of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.” As its winner, Adonis receives a $50,000 prize.


Books Inside Books: An Infinite History of Modern Libya

“To help me explore Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between (2016), I ordered a sneeze-inducing, water-stained copy of Knud Holmboe’s Desert Encounter: An Adventurous Journey Through Italian Africa (my copy was printed in 1937), re-read parts of Alessandro Spina’s Confines of the Shadow epic, and even, among other things, pulled Dante off the shelf.”