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Hisham Matar: Touchstones with Razia Iqbal

The the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return and A Month in Siena was in conversation with the BBC's Razia Iqbal

Touchstones is a new series in which creative people talk about works of literature, art, places or objects that give them solace or inspiration. In each episode the guest talks us through the touchstones that provide them with inspiration, hold particular meaning or are simply compelling objects or works of art that they return to time and again. In this episode we were joined by Hisham Matar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return and A Month in Siena, a meditation on the relationship between art and the human condition.



Hisham Matar

Pulitzer Prize-winning and Man Booker shortlisted author

Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He is the author of two novels, In the Country of Men and Anatomy of a Disappearance, and two works of non-fiction, The Return and A Month in Siena. In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the National Critics Book Circle Award in the US and won six international literary awards. The Return won a Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the Folio Prize and was shortlisted for many other awards including the Baillie Gifford Prize. A Month in Siena was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Evening Standard.

Razia Iqbal

BBC journalist and broadcaster

One of the main presenters of Newshour, the flagship international news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio. She also regularly presents The World Tonight on Radio 4.


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