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Rayyan Al-Shawaf is a Lebanon-based book critic whose reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail, LARB, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco… Read more

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The Return
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"When Qaddafi took my father," Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father's disappearance, "he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard."

Their Promised Land
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Were Ian Buruma not an acclaimed historian, this book would probably never have been published. Yet the story of his grandparents, which spans both world wars, is full of resonance for contemporary Europe’s struggle with mass immigration and national identity.

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Rayyan Al-Shawaf is a Lebanon-based book critic whose reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail, LARB, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star, Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, "When All Else Fails," will be published by Interlink Books in March 2019.

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