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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (926 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hisham Matar Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 they meet Mona, sitting in her yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina hotel. As soon as Nuri sees her, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri’s father with whom Mona falls in love and whom she eventually marries. And their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he wishes his father would disappear.

Nuri will, however, soon regret what he wished for. His father, long a dissident in exile from his homeland, is taken under mysterious circumstances. And, as the world that Nuri and his stepmother share is shattered by events beyond their control, they begin to realize how little they knew about the man they both loved.

Anatomy of a Disappearance
 is written with all the emotional precision and intimacy that have won Hisham Matar tremendous international recognition. In a voice that is delicately wrought and beautifully tender, he asks: When a loved one disappears, how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robin | 2/2/2014

    " I'm not really sure what the book was about - coming of age with an attractive, insecure, rather immoral stepmother? It didn't seem to be about what I thought it would be about (and why I bought the book)- the disappearance of a father who had been involved in the politics of the Arab world. Not much about the Arab world or politics or the father. That said, I finished the book becasue I wanted to know where it went and because it is well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerry-ynne | 1/19/2014

    " really enjoyed this book...it provoked a lot of discussion at bookclub...about men and women and the arrangements we make around each other...the plight of the son...and the 'evil empire' at work in the background... funny story...but compelling really "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Isabel | 1/4/2014

    " I had to restrain myself from writing to her too often, especially because she rarely wrote back or responded with the speed and in the manner I had allowed myself to expect. Some people manage to escape the obligation a sincere letter places on them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marianne | 9/30/2013

    " What happened to Nuri's father? The reader never gets a full answer but we learn more about the secrets in Nuri's life as the book progresses. A good study of how we don't know as much as we think we do about the real life of the people we are closest to. A beautifully written book. "

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