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My friends : a novel / Hisham Matar.

"One evening, as a young boy growing up in Benghazi, Khaled hears a bizarre short story read aloud on the radio, about a man being eaten alive by a cat. Obsessed by the power of those words - and by their enigmatic author, Hosam Zawa - Khaled eventually embarks on a journey that will take him far from home, to pursue a life of the mind at the University of Edinburgh. There, thrust into an open society that is light years away from the world he knew in Libya, Khaled begins to change. He attends a protest against the Qaddafi regime in London, only to watch it explode in tragedy. In a flash, Khaled finds himself injured, clinging to life, an exile, unable to leave England, much less return to the country of his birth. To even tell his mother and father back home what he has done, on tapped phone lines, would jeopardize their safety. When a chance encounter in a hotel brings Khaled face to face with Hosam Zawa, the author of the fateful short story, he is subsumed into the deepest friendship of his life. It is a friendship that not only sustains him, but eventually forces him, as the Arab Spring erupts, to confront agonizing tensions between revolution and safety, family and exile, and how to define his own sense of self against those closest to him"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780812994841
  • ISBN: 0812994841
  • Physical Description: 398 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, 2024.
Subject: Libyans > Fiction.
College students > Scotland > Edinburgh > Fiction.
Demonstrations > Fiction.
Arab Spring, 2010- > Fiction.
Authors > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Historical fiction.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at York County Libraries.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Kaltreider-Benfer Library Adults MAT Fiction (Text) 34002001684550 Adult Area New Checked Out 03/08/2024
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Adults MAT Fiction (Text) 34318001241351 Adult Area New Available -

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